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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.

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Switch to Green Power

by Gary 7/7/2009 7:05:00 AM
The single, easiest and most cost-effective way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions is to switch to Green Power. I am ashamed to say that here in Western Australia, less than 1% of electricity subscribers have signed up for Green Power. This compares with 8% in New South Wales which is the next worst state. Green Power is a nationally accredited scheme where you can opt to pay extra for your electricity, knowing that your investment is helping contribute to the installation of additional renewable energy infrastructure such as wind farms. Synergy offers residents in WA two options to sign up to greenpower
  • Natural Power where you  can opt for 100%, 50% or 25% renewable; or
  • Easy Green where you can subscribe in $10 annual increments.
100% Natural Power in my view is the best option as it will eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from your electricity usage, which represent about 17% of average household emissions. This will cost an extra 4.4c/unit which works out at about an extra $150 per year. Signing up is easy—simply phone Synergy on 13 13 53, or visit their website. If you are concerned about the fact that here in Western Australia we are continuing to build dirty coal-fired power stations to produce our electricity, then you can take a stand by saying NO and purchasing one of Syergy's Greenpower products.

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Free Solar Power for your Home

by Gary 5/15/2009 9:30:00 PM

For a while now I have been negotiating special deals on solar panels for participants in Living Smart courses that I have facilitated.

It is amazing the see how the price of these systems have come down in recent times, however I was amazed to hear of an offer to install a 1kW system for free for households that qualify for the $8,000 federal goverment rebate.

The company behind the offer is called Regen Power. Basically their offer is for a 1.02kW grid connect system.

A 1kW system will produce about 5kWh on average per day. Based on the current A1 residential electricity tariff, this will save you $250 every year, however I fully expect electricity prices to double over the next couple of years (we are currently only paying about half of the true cost of electricity production), which will translate into a saving of $500 per year.
 
If we end up with a feed-in tariff in WA, the savings will be even higher - all for an investment of the massive sum of $0.
 
For more information on this offer, visit the Regen website at http://www.regenpower.com/other/systems.php?ID=30
 
The company is making the offer to the first 250 subscribers, so you will need to hurry. The $8,000 rebate is disappearing at the end of June (to be replaced by a more complex, less rewarding (for households earning less than $100,000) system).
 
Note that this offer represents the price for a basic installation. It does not include any extra costs associated with modifications to existing switchboards, or where the installation is complicated by factors such as double story, difficult access etc.

I'm not making any warranty as to the relative merits of this company or the system they are offering and I always recommend you shop around, however I think that the mathematics in this case are pretty simple. Feel free to forward on to your contacts.

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Recipe of the Week - Green Vegetable Curry with Eggplant

by Gary 5/12/2009 10:02:00 AM

We've got a great supply of eggplant and chilli in our veggie garden at the moment, and we've got a permanent supply of kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, so I took the opportunity to make a green curry incorporating all of these ingredients, plus some beautiful butternut pumpkin that I picked up at the Kalamunda Farmers Market over the weekend.

I make the curry paste myself, and I think that the reward is well and truly worth the effort, however if you don't have the time, then use your favourite prepared green curry paste.

As always, this curry would work fine with whatever vegetables are fresh and seasonal - so experiment!

http://www.wardoffclimatechange.org.au/file.axd?file=Green+Vegetable+Curry+with+Eggplant.pdf

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Simple Steps to A Bright Future

by Gary 4/24/2009 12:04:00 PM

Since January this year I have been working on an almost full-time voluntary basis on an exciting new climate change project called Days of Change which some of you will have already heard about.

This is a project that aims to engage 200,000 Western Australians in taking simple steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions during March 2010.

However this is only the start, as a project of the City of Perth Rotary Club, and with endorsement from Rotary District 9450, we intend to use the enormous reach of the Rotary organisation to expand the program to the rest of Australia in 2011 and the world from 2012.

I am proud to be an Executive Director of this project and am very excited by its enormous potential. The program was originally devised by my colleague Julian Ilich while working with the Department for Environment and Conservation and is based on extensive research on behaviour change and social marketing.

I’ve seen people make amazing changes as a result of their participation in Living Smart courses, and with this program, we hope to achieve similar changes on a much larger scale.

You will shortly be receiving the inaugural Days of Change Newsletter. While this is an important project, and I urge you to become involved, I understand that some of you may not wish to receive the newsletter, so there will be a simple unsubscribe option at the bottom of the newsletter (as there is with this newsletter).

You can find out more about the project by visiting our interim website at http://daysofchange.org.

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