Minecraft raises money to save coral reefs

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A Minecraft initiative has raised $100,000 earmarked to help preserve the world’s coral reefs. 

To mark the Minecraft Aquatic Update, the game’s owner Microsoft announced that it would donate $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy if players placed ten million coral blocks underwater in the game. That target has been exceeded, and the donation has been made.

Microsoft said: “To celebrate the Minecraft Aquatic Update, we’ve been working with several partners to help the real-world oceans, through Coral Crafters – our project to help coral reefs. We teamed up with Rabahrex, Logdotzip and Stacyplays, who worked with their fans to design unique structures that help restore coral reefs in our oceans.

“So how does this help the real oceans? Well, with the Aquatic Update, we’re filling Minecraft’s oceans to the brim with kelp forest, shipwrecks, deep sea trenches, fish, turtles, dolphins and colourful coral reefs. In the real world, however, it’s the opposite: climate change, destructive fishing methods and pollution of the water are killing off our planet’s amazing marine life. Coral reefs, one of the Earth’s most precious natural wonders, are under threat. We’re proud to say that just a few days later Minecrafters smashed that target and we donated one hundred thousand dollars to The Nature Conservancy!”

In addition, Minecrafters can buy a Coral Crafter Skin Pack, whose net proceeds go to The Nature Conservancy, and Microsoft Rewards members can use their points to make a donation to The Nature conservancy. Who says games and gamers don’t do their bit for the environment?