Niantic wants gamers to not only go outside and play "Pokemon GO," but also wants players to help keep their streets, neighborhoods, and cities clean on their Earth Day event. Niantic announced the new event on "Pokemon GO's" official website saying that they will reward players who join other players and community members and help them in picking up trash and cleaning natural areas. Niantic, with the help of Playmob (an organization who believe that digital actions of people can make a positive difference in the society) and other local NGOs, planned this event for Earth Day 2018, on April 22.

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Rewards

Players from all around the world that participate in this cleanup event can unlock extra rewards if enough players participate in the event. If 1,500 gamers participate in the cleanup event, all the players will receive double the amount of Stardust while catching Ground-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokemon and if more than 3,000 players participate in the cleanup event, all the players will receive three times the amount of Stardust while catching Ground-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokemon.

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The whole event will last for 48 hours and "Pokemon GO" also added an Earth Day themed avatar shirt so players can show their support for Earth Day.

Below is a list of some of the places (from all around the world) where the event takes/took place.

  • Thiruvanmiyur Beach, Chennai, India
  • Butterfly Bay, Hong Kong, China
  • Cheung Sha Lan, Lantau Island, China
  • Tudigongkeng, New Taipei City, Taiwan

  • Marina di Curinga, Curinga, Italy
  • Mangrove Cleanup, Lim Chu Kang, Singapore
  • Plage de Vignale, Ghisonaccia, France
  • Nettoyage de la Dyle, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Gorleston Beach, Great Yarmouth, England
  • Kugenuma Kaigan, Fujisawa city, Japan
  • Waterville Beach, Waterville, Ireland
  • Tanjung Sanghyang Beach, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
  • Roosevelt Island Bridge, New York City, NY

The whole list of the event can be found on the official website of "Pokemon GO" and they run for approximately two hours, so check it out and make sure you help save the planet next time you play "Pokemon GO." The event is not an in-game event at the cleanup location, but rather a general attendance that will lead to the unlocking the reward for the entire "Pokemon GO" community.

"Pokemon GO" will easily be able to hit the first milestone, judging from the number of players that showed up for the ongoing cleanup places all around the world and if it keeps going on at this rate, the 3,000 participants milestone will be achieved in no time. I hope that "Pokemon GO" imparts this habit in its players for the rest of the days as well.

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