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Technology 'Minecraft' and The Nature Conservancy Use Player Creations to Help Real World Coral Reefs

18:53  26 june  2018
18:53  26 june  2018 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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With the Minecraft Coral Crafters campaign, Mojang, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy , is turning in-game designs from Starting on World Oceans Day on June 8, Minecraft challenged players to build coral reefs in-game and within two days, 10 million coral blocks were placed

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With Minecraft's recent Update Aquatic populating the game's oceans with kelp, sealife and colorful coral reefs, developer Mojang has now turned its attention to the real-life seas threatened by climate change, pollution and endangered natural reefs.

With the Minecraft Coral Crafters campaign, Mojang, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, is turning in-game designs from content creators into real-world underwater sculptures made from BioRock, an innovative technology that promotes coral growth up to five times faster than normal. The effort is led by Professor Wolf Hilbertz and Dr. Tom Goreau of the Global Coral Reef Alliance.

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Minecraft is helping restore coral reefs ! Earlier this month, we challenged YOU, our beloved players , to place ten million coral blocks underwater. If you managed to do it, we'd donate one hundred thousand dollars to The Nature Conservancy to help them with their amazing work helping the

Coral Crafters gives Minecraft players a chance to build virtual underwater worlds with the aim of promoting the rebuilding of real -life corals . The company is also planning to donate net proceeds from the game’s Coral Crafters skin pack to support The Nature Conservancy ’s reef restoration

"Coral Crafters is a celebration of the Update Aquatic,"  Emily Orrson, product marketing manager at Minecraft tells Heat Vision. "As we put coral into our oceans in-game it seemed natural to put them into the oceans in real life. Already, our players are innovating and creating in Minecraft to build a better world – and we are following their lead with Coral Crafters"

The initiative will see six BioRock structures installed off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico, where coral reefs have suffered from coral bleaching and been battered by hurricanes. Three designs feature familiar characters from the franchise, while the remaining three were designed by the Minecraft community.

Starting on World Oceans Day on June 8, Minecraft challenged players to build coral reefs in-game and within two days, 10 million coral blocks were placed underwater in-game, triggering a donation from Minecraft to support The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to restore and protect coral in the Caribbean. In addition, net proceeds from the game's Coral Crafters skin pack go to support The Nature Conservancy's reef restoration efforts.

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A Minecraft initiative has raised 0,000 earmarked to help preserve the world ’s coral reefs . 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

Earlier in June, Minecraft challenged players to build 10 million coral blocks in-game, pledging to donate 100,000 US dollars (£76,000) to The Nature Conservancy . The target was achieved within two days. The company is also planning to donate net proceeds from the game’s Coral Crafters skin pack

"This contribution will allow us to outplant 15,000 coral individuals on reefs that we are working to restore in the Caribbean," says Stephanie Wear, senior scientist and strategy advisor for The Nature Conservancy. "We expect these outplantings to happen in the US Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Dominican Republic and possibly Mexico."

Snorkelers in Cozumel will be able to view the newly installed features as they traverse the picturesque waters off the coast of the island.

"This is the best part about this project – attracting attention to this important ocean habitat – an opportunity to have fun and learn all at once," says Wear.

"We believe the creativity and innovation in the Minecraft community is building a better world for everyone," Orrson says. "Coral Crafters is a way for us to support that creativity and innovation and bring it to real life."

Not only does the initiative work to help real-world aquatic ecosystems, but it also inspires children to advocate for natural conservation in our world's oceans. "It is a great opportunity to connect people – especially young people – to marine life in the ocean that they may never have the opportunity to experience," says Wear. "It can inspire curiosity about these critically important ocean habits and the hope is they will want to learn more and get involved to help in even bigger ways."

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