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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.

Switch to Green Power

by Gary 7/7/2009 7:05:00 AM
The single, easiest and most cost-effective way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions is to switch to Green Power. I am ashamed to say that here in Western Australia, less than 1% of electricity subscribers have signed up for Green Power. This compares with 8% in New South Wales which is the next worst state. Green Power is a nationally accredited scheme where you can opt to pay extra for your electricity, knowing that your investment is helping contribute to the installation of additional renewable energy infrastructure such as wind farms. Synergy offers residents in WA two options to sign up to greenpower
  • Natural Power where you  can opt for 100%, 50% or 25% renewable; or
  • Easy Green where you can subscribe in $10 annual increments.
100% Natural Power in my view is the best option as it will eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from your electricity usage, which represent about 17% of average household emissions. This will cost an extra 4.4c/unit which works out at about an extra $150 per year. Signing up is easy—simply phone Synergy on 13 13 53, or visit their website. If you are concerned about the fact that here in Western Australia we are continuing to build dirty coal-fired power stations to produce our electricity, then you can take a stand by saying NO and purchasing one of Syergy's Greenpower products.

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