Springfield Museums celebrate Earth Day 28th annual festival

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Springfield Museums celebrated Earth Day early with their 28th annual festival held in the quadrangle green on Sunday. There were several hands-on, environmentally-focused activities available for guests, including exhibitors who showed locals how they can make a difference in the environment.

Dan Augustino, the leader of the festival, told 22News Earth Day is important because it reminds people how crucial the environment is. 

22News spoke to the curator of the event to find out how to reduce your carbon footprint.

“Well a great way to reduce your carbon footprint is by planting trees, and pollinator gardens, gardening like that, recycling is another great way to reduce the carbon footprint,” Dan Augustino explained.

Augustino said teaching everyone, including young children, about the Earth helps them want to keep it cleaner. And one of the most important ways to lessen pollution is by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which is where renewable energy comes in. 

“So that we need to green that electric generation. And to do that, we’ve got wind and solar, which are actually the cheapest form of energy generation today,” Mike Kocsmiersky, an associate with Distributed Energy Resources, told 22News. 

The Springfield Climate Action and Resilience Plan group made a presentation about lessening the impacts of climate change while the Springfield DPW discussed how to properly recycle. Other exhibitors included the Springfield Forestry Division, the Connecticut River conservancy, and the Western Massachusetts Boy Scouts of America.

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