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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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Climate Change Still a Key Issue - Survey

by Gary 3/9/2009 4:11:00 PM

A recent survey of 1,400 Australians undertaken by the Climate Institute has shown that tackling Climate Change is second in importance only to the global economic crisis - and then only by the small margin of 4%.

The survey shows that most Australians understand the linkages between tackling climate change and tackling the global economic cirisis, and importantly, don't believe that action on climate change should be delayed as a result of the economic crisis, as is being suggested by some sectors, including the Australian Industry Group and elements within the federal coalition.

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Climate Crisis and Economic Crisis are Linked - Nicholas Stern

by Gary 3/9/2009 7:56:00 AM

Famed UK Economist, Sir Nicholas Stern says that the causes of the climate crisis and the current economic crisis are linked and the solutions to both crises are also linked.

He said that lack of action on the economic crisis, despite early warning signs, resulted in the crisis being much worse than might have otherwise been the case. Similarly each day that we delay taking action on climate change will make the consequences worse for future generations.

Stern says that those calling for action on climate change to be delayed due to the economic crisis are misguided. He says that actions such as insulating homes, building of new infrastructure or research and development into green tecnologies will help create jobs today and into the future.

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Oxfam Invites You to Screening of Sisters on the Planet

by Gary 2/24/2009 10:47:00 AM

Helen (Australia), Ursula (Papua New Guinea), Sahena (Bangladesh), Muriel (Brazil), Melissa (UK) and Martina (Uganda) live on different sides of the planet, but are united against climate change. Oxfam has produced six short films that tells the amazing stories of these women and is screening them on Wednesday March 4 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Alexander Libary.

See the invitation below for more details.

If you are interested in attending this event, then contact Jael Johnson at jaelj@oxfam.org.au

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Climate Change the Focus on Lateline

by Gary 2/24/2009 8:51:00 AM

 Last night's Lateline program on ABC TV featured a number of fascinating stories on climate change. 

The first story highlighted the latest science of climate change that shows that the effects of increasing levels of greenhouse gases are exceeding even the worst case scenarios presented by the IPCC, including the alarming melting of the Greenland ice sheet.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2499388.htm

Andrew Robb, the Coalition spokesperson on Emissions Trading joined the program and explained the Coalition's position on an ETS. The Coalition believes that it can set a target above the government's 5% target for emissions reductions by 2020, but is unwilling to specify exactly what their target is.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2499392.htm

Bob Brown from the Greens then explained the Greens' postion on an ETS, saying that they believed that a target of 40% was required to avoid cataclysmic climate change given the alarming news presented by the scientists.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2499394.htm

 

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Changes to Federal Government Solar Rebate

by Gary 2/10/2009 5:59:00 AM

I’ve got good new and bad news.

The good news for those of you who don’t currently qualify for the $8,000 solar rebate from the Federal Government because your household income is above $100,000, is that from July 1 this year the $100,000 means test is to be scrapped.

The bad news is that the new scheme is horribly complex, and it is impossible to predict exactly how much the rebate will be as the value of it will be tied in with the Renewable Energy Target Scheme and will therefore vary.

What is certain is that households earning less than $100,000 will also get less assistance under the new scheme.

For example, under the current scheme, a household earning less than $100,000 can install a 1kW system and receive a $8,000 from the federal government.

Under the new scheme starting in July 1, the same household will receive as little as $4,500. To receive the maximum rebate, the household will have to install a much more expensive 1.5kW system, in which case a rebate of approximately $7,500 will apply.

Households earning more than $100,000 will be the big winners, going from receiving no rebate under the current means test, to receiving the same rebate as lower income households as described above.

So what should YOU do?

If your household income (total income less allowable tax deductions) is less than $100,000, then you should move quickly to sign-up for panels before July 1. If you wait until after July 1, you will lose up to  $3,500 in rebates compare to the current system.

If your household income is above $100,000, then you are probably better off waiting until July 1 to sign up for your system.

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