Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day, and this year, Pokémon GO will be playing a part in helping to clean up the environment. The game’s developer, Niantic, will be teaming up with Mission Blue, Playmob and several local NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to host events all over the world, encouraging players to come out and pick up trash while playing Pokémon GO.
These various cleanup events will take place over a 48-hour period on and around Earth Day. To encourage players to participate, players will receive twice the usual amount of Stardust for catching Ground, Water and Grass-type Pokémon if at least 1,500 players take part in these cleanup events. If over 3,000 players join in the events, they will receive three times the normal amount of Stardust for catching Ground, Water and Grass-types. Niantic will also be making a financial contribution to Mission Blue, an environmental group that specializes in protecting the ocean.
To participate, you can find an event near you by clicking here. If you want to join in but can’t find an event close to you, you can request a new event by filling out this form and suggesting a local NGO near you that Niantic can team up with.