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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.

Foodscraps to Fertiliser Workshop at Environment House

by Gary 2/2/2009 9:52:00 PM

Environment House is a shop-front community environment centre located in First Avenue in Maylands. The shop features a range of sustainable products and they have an on-line catalogue.

Environment House runs a range of community education programs including "Foodscraps to Fertiliser" workshops covering three popular methods in two hours - compost bins, wormfarms and the bokashi microbial fermentation method. This workshop is for those who've never had a go, as well as for those who've tried and failed - working out what went wrong means you're well on the way to success!

The next workshop is being held from 9:30am to 11:30am on Saturday February 21. Visit the Environment House website for more details and how to enrol.

Environment House offers the following general advice on composting.

If you've got an average-sized backyard we suggest one or preferably two well-sealed compost bins (like we sell!) with the Compost Mate corkscrew aerator - effective and easy on the back

If you've got a courtyard or villa sized garden we suggest a worm farm and/or bokashi microbial fermentation bucket (needs a minimum 7 square metres of garden space). It sits in the kitchen but is emptied into the garden every month or so where it turns into great compost within a few weeks; it deals with all food scraps including those the worms don't like - like meat, fish, milk products, onion, citrus. (Bokashi microbe mix costs around $1 per week.)

If you've got a pot plant garden and balcony-or a roomy bathroom/laundry- a worm farm could work for you - must have full shade.


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