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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.

Motivating Americans About Climate Change

by Gary 5/30/2008 6:41:00 PM

I watched a video of a talk given by Al Gore earlier this year.

The talk was interesting as it really showed how Mr Gore is sharpening up the language he is using about climate change. He now talks about a climate emergency.

One of the biggest challenges we face is getting people in the USA motivated about climate change. The good news is that 68% of Americans think that human activity is responsible for global warming and 69% believe that the Earth is heating up in a signifcant way. However when given a list of significant challenges facing the USA, it ranks at a lowly number 20.

Mr Gore has formed an organisation called The Alliance for Climate Protection to try to raise the profile of Climate Change in the lead-up to this year's presidential elections. The following video won a competition aimed at coming up with the best advertisement to raise awarness.

 

If you have 30 minutes to spare than I would encourage to view the video of Mr Gore's full presentation below. He presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists were recently predicting, and challenges us to act with a sense of "generational mission" -- the kind of feeling that brought forth the civil rights movement -- to set it right. Gore's stirring presentation is followed by a Q&A in which he is asked for his verdict on the current political candidates' climate policies and on what role he himself might play in future.

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