If you play Pokemon Go, you will have an added incentive for cleaning the environment. The players will be getting rewards for picking up garbage. Niantic, the app’s maker, just announced the new initiative in a statement to bring attention to cleaning the environment.
“At Niantic, we believe in taking care of the planet and we invite everyone to help us make the world a cleaner place,” the developers said on the app’s website. “Caring for waterways and oceans through organizations like Mission Blue will help us all live better lives. Hosted by local nonprofits, these cleanup events will involve picking up trash and cleaning natural areas alongside other Trainers and local community members, so join us as we look to host the most coordinated cleanups in a 48-hour period!”
“All trainers will receive access to a special avatar item to celebrate Earth Day and those who work together to participate in the cleanups around the world will unlock unique in-game rewards for the entire world. If 1,500 trainers attend the events around the world, 2x catch stardust for ground, water, and grass-type pokémon will be unlocked for 48 hours. If more than 3,000 trainers participate in the clean up events, 3x catch stardust for ground, water, and grass-type pokémon for 48 hours will be unlocked for trainers around the world.”
Even though the game is not played as widely as it was initially, 65 million people still play each month. It is still one of the most downloaded apps of all time and remains a very popular game even though the hype has slowly died down.
There will be a total of 37 events spread over 12 countries with the help of 10 partnering organizations. You can learn more information and their exact locations and partnerships by visiting the website.