Giving Tuesday Message from Koby

Koby Gardner-Levine speaking at Hitchcock Center’s second annual Hitchcock Harvest event in October, 2023.


My name is Koby Gardner-Levine, and I’m a member of the Board of Directors for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

Being on the board has given me the opportunity to see firsthand the impact this organization has on our community, country, and, really, our world. The work of the Hitchcock Center is of the utmost importance, especially since climate change has become a primary concern for all of us!

In 2023, our farmers across Western Mass lost entire fields to flooding in the summer and entire orchards to extreme freezes in the early spring. We’ve also seen damage to town infrastructure across our region. The impact of climate change is here and now!

At this time, when science is under attack, we need to make sure young people gain understanding of the natural world and develop a passion for the earth and environment!

Programs that do that work have already paid dividends. All around the world, we are seeing young people who are passionate climate leaders, and the Hitchcock Center is an organization that is leading this work in our area.

Climate education should be available and accessible to children everywhere. Environmental justice is a pillar of the Hitchcock Center’s work. One of the shining examples of that is our partnership with Springfield Public Schools, and we hope to build on that partnership in the years ahead.

We all know that we fight to protect what we love. The hope for the future is raising a generation of young people who love our earth and will fight to protect its environment. The Hitchcock Center is a place that understands and develops that knowledge and passion.

Sometimes the climate crisis feels completely overwhelming, and it is hard to even know where to begin. Supporting the Hitchcock Center is a way we can make a difference! It’s a perfect example of the familiar slogan – “think globally, act locally.”

I know there is no shortage of worthy nonprofits asking for your support on Giving Tuesday, but I hope you will join me in recognizing the importance of supporting the Hitchcock Center. Thank you for your consideration, and please know how much we value you as a part of our community!




Koby Gardner-Levine serves as Congressman Jim McGovern’s Regional Manager for Western Massachusetts. He runs the Congressman’s office in Northampton. Gardner-Levine is from Amherst, and received both his Bachelor of Arts in Global Environmental Studies and his Master’s Degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Clark University in Worcester. His commitment to sustainability draws him to the work of the Hitchcock Center.

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