SPRINGFIELD -- Ahead of Earth Day, hundreds of citizens concerned about the climate are rallying in Springfield at the State Capitol Building.
The Earth Day and climate action rally features environmentalists, public health and clean energy advocates as well as people of faith from across the state. They say they want to see law makers make positive changes to keep the planet clean and safe from pollution.
The event, organized by the Illinois Environmental Council, says this year is critical given the clean energy and climate change issues being considered by state legislators.
Earth Day, a day dedicated to environmentalism, has been around since 1970 and always falls on April 22.