Lidia Thorpe

Lidia Thorpe became the first indigenous woman to be elected to the Victorian Parliament.

Lidia is a Gunnai Gunditjmara woman and one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal activists and commentators who has fought for the rights and voices of Nations, Clans and Tribes to have a voice in current Treaty talks. She has been the managing director of Indigenous business at The Clan Corporation and chair of the Victorian Naidoc committee.

A passionate environmentalist, Lidia led a successful campaign against a section of the eastern gas pipeline, saving Nowa Nowa Gorge in East Gippsland and is currently working to protect Victoria’s native forests from logging. Lidia aims to unite people through the mutual traditions of environmental activism and Aboriginal peoples approach to caring for country.

Lidia’s work and life experience fuels her passion for a more just and equitable society across areas such as Indigenous Rights, Grandmother against removals, education, health, LGBTIQA+ , housing and family violence.

Lidia continues to campaign for “Pay the Rent” to enable First People to self determine their own destiny through those benefiting from being on Stolen Land.



“Denying we have a problem means you are a part of the problem. This is a Climate Emergency.“



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The National Climate Emergency Summit will convene practitioners, advocates, governments, youth leaders and industry innovators to unpack what a climate emergency response could look like at local, national, and global levels.



Four strategic priorities will steer the Summit Program, presenting a focused conference program of plenary and breakout sessions.

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The Summit Program aims to attract a wide range of participants to help define and align key strategy and action that supports an emergency-scale transition.