Days Of Change

Reporter: Jasmine Homer

Gary Warden and Julian Ilich are men on a mission to save the world, one household at a time. Julian says "This internal drive that you have when you do something that you believe is making a difference is unbelievable."The former high flyers gave up corporate careers and six figures salaries to found Days of Change-- a movement aimed at promoting sustainable living."Why would you give up all that money to do something like this Gary? Well the first thing I'd say to that is that we haven't given up anything and we don't look at it as having given up anything." Gary lives in Perth's hills. "I think our livestyles have improved immeasurably as a result of the changes we've made."

Gary says "Even though I had an enormous salary, we had an enormous mortgage and we managed to spend just about every cent that we actually earned and the stress levels that went with that as well, a big mortage and being effectively in chains."He and wife Toni downsized from a Shenton Park mansion. Now they're building an even more sustainable home.A lot of what they eat comes from the garden...fruit, vegies, herbs, eggs, even fish. "We have about 75 silver perch in here at the moment. And you actually eat them for dinner? Yes we wait till they get to plate size and then they're ready for eating."

Switching to green energy has slashed their power bills.The petrol guzzler's gone - replaced by a hybrid car, bikes and the bus. Gary says "I've got seat 1 deep reserved on the transperth bus from Kalamunda instead of seat 1 deep reserved on Qantas."

Days of Change is about reducing your carbon footprint one step at a time. You can register online from tomorrow and choose from a list of "pledges".

Start simple; replace plastic shopping bags and switch off appliances at the wall.

Then, think big. Julian says "Upgrading your car to a more efficient car, could be a hybrid or just a smaller more efficient vehicle. Things like getting your house sustainability assessment done."

Gary says "People get motivated by logging on and seeing their house on google map and just seeing the number of people around them in their suburb who are participating." Julian says "I would actually be happy to die tomorrow. It wouldn't bother me because I really feel like I'm working on something that I'm proud to say I'm doing."

The household pledge card is in today's West Australian or you can pick one up from any IGA store.

or visit:

www.daysofchange.org