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Ward off Climate Change

About the author

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.

Kalamunda Veggie Garden Makeover

1. Materials have been "hauled" up to the back of the block in readiness for the construction of the veggie bed.

2. Julie Stuurstraat from Veggie Garden creations hands out the instructions, and words of wisdom on how to go about building the garden.

3. The veggie garden walls are constructed from bales of hay. Newspaper is laid on the bottom to suppress weeds.

4. The bed is filled up using alternating layers of "brown" waste (eg shredded newspaper and dry leaves) and "green" waste (eg fresh garden waste, kitchen scraps etc).

5. The bed is finished off with a 20cm layer of veggie garden mix soil from Green Life soil company. We filled an old bath tub with soil in the foreground to plant carrot seeds.

6. Julie re-caps what it is that we've just done.

7. Netafim Miniscape reticulation is laid out over the top of the bed, and the veggie seedlings are spaced out.

8. The seedlings are planted into holes lined with magnificent compost from Lynda Tomlinson.

9. Many hands make light work.

10. The team and the magnificent creation.