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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.

Tip of the Week - Bokashi Bucket

by Gary 1/2/2009 9:18:00 PM

The Bokashi Bucket is a great way of minimising your waste to landfill. It will accept any kitchen wastes, including meat, citrus and onion waste which typically cannot be processed by worm farms, chickens or compost heaps/tumblers. You gradually fill the bin with your scraps, and each night you compact it down with the supplied "stomper" and sprinkle over some of special Bokashi powder. This helps the waste to start fermenting. Keep filling the bin over a period of 1 week to 2 weeks. When the bin is full, simply dig a hole in the garden and bury it. Because of the fermentation process, there is no odour associated with the bin. The bin may produce some "Bokashi Juice" which can be drained off from the tap and applied in diluted form to your plants. The buried waste will decompose quickly and enrich the soil in your garden beds.

Bokashi Buckets are available from Planet Ark in Fremantle, the One Earth Outlet in Balcatta, and on-line at

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2/2/2009 9:20:11 PM

brenda Conochie

Hi Gary
I came across your website today - very impressive! But I would like you to know that we have been teaching the bokashi method and selling the buckets and mix for 4 years now, doing a workshop every month (Foodscraps to Fertiliser - compost, wormfarming and bokashi).

Our Maylands shop is good for hills folks to drop into on their way down to town. So it would be great if you could include us in your bokashi section. Also you might find our set of instructions of interest, which you can find in the 'read more' bit from our 'What's new?' blurb about these workshops - next workshop 21 Feb by the way.

We find most people can go 3-4 weeks between 'burials' especially if they're using it as the 'too hard basket' beside compost or worms. Anyway, keep up your good work.
Brenda Conochie
Environment House

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