SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - More than one billion people across the world will take action Monday to raise awareness for the environment.
Those more than one billion people will hail from 192 countries around the world-- all with the same concern: taking care of the planet we live in for future generations.
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The first Earth Day dates back to April 22, 1970. In that year, the government passed an expanded Clean Air Act and created the Environmental Protection Agency.
One of the biggest challenges for environmentalists in recent years is finding ways to fight climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Eileen Bletsos of Springfield told 22News that she knows her environmentally-conscious efforts make a difference, and she considers this day of awareness a top priority.
"We recycle, we buy organic, we do as much as possible. No littering. We just really try to take care of the world around us and the people around us," she said.
Making a difference this Earth Day can begin right in your own home-- from turning off the lights when you leave a room, to going paperless with bills and magazine subscriptions.