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Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

Queenslanders Subsidise Xstrata's Emissions

by Gary 10/26/2007 9:20:00 AM

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is to be congratulated for providing such a clear example of why Australia needs a carbon trading scheme now.

The Premier has announced the Government will next week legislate to guarantee Xstrata’s expansion plans for its Wollombi coal operations in Central Queensland. This follows the Queensland Court of Appeal decision on Friday to overturn a Land and Resources Tribunal (LRT) decision allowing the mining company to expand the Wollombi mine without any conditions to offset greenhouse emissions.

Robert Kennedy Jnr, nephew of great US president J F Kennedy says “show me a polluter and I will show you a subsidy”.

Courtesy of Bligh’s decision, all Queenslanders are now subsidising Xstrata for the emissions produced by the expanded mine.

According to Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the UK Government Economic Service, and author of the UK Government commissioned Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, global warming “is the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen”.

By failing to put a price on CO2 emissions, all Australians will continue to subsidise the country’s biggest polluters, like Xstrata, who while crying poor, are making billions of dollars out of the resources boom every year – US$10.4B in the case of Xstrata in 2006.

I challenge the Liberal and Labor Parties to accelerate their plans to introduce emissions trading schemes. There is simply no justification for delaying their introduction any further. 


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