TerraGenesis Players Planted Over 25,000 Real Trees In Less Than 24 Hours

Making it rain(forest)

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Yesterday, TerraGenesis announced its partnership with Ecologi, the eco-minded organization dedicated to carbon reduction projects; within 24 hours, the community collectively planted over 25,000 trees. A successful Earth Day, indeed!

The news comes as an announcement posted in the TerraGenesis Facebook group, where players gather to discuss terraforming strategies and boast about their tree-planting efforts.

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“The first picture is from April 22, 4:30 AM PST,” states the post, the first picture indicating 99,208 trees had been planted in TerraGenesis’ forests around the world. “The second picture is from April 23, 12:30 AM PST,” it continues, accompanied by a second photo showing 125,003 real trees planted.

“You guys have planted 25,000 trees in ONE. DAY.”

The news comes alongside TerraGenesis’ announcement of its partnership with Ecologi, which allows players to plant trees in real life as they play the game. As players complete in-game actions, they collect carbon impact points, which they can trade for trees planted in their virtual forest. Every tree in their virtual forest represents a real tree planted in their name across the globe; right now, reforestation efforts are focused in Mozambique and Madagascar.

The partnership between Ecologi and TerraGenesis couldn’t be more perfect — Ecologi is all about combating climate change through reforestation and carbon offset programs, and TerraGenesis asks players to take barren worlds and terraform them into new homes for humanity. One level, set on Earth, offers a climate change challenge mimicking the real issues humanity is facing today, including ever-increasing temperatures that cause rising sea levels, posing a flood risk to the virtual Earth cities. Players must cleverly find ways to reign in climate change and stabilize temperature increases to stave off catastrophic devastation.

Although it will take some time for the trees to grow and offset the carbon footprints we collectively leave today, we can rest easy knowing that TerraGenesis players are doing their part to combat climate change simply by playing video games.

Jake Yu
Living in Southern California, Jacob is a Freelance Writer who struggles with the painful choice of either enjoying video games and watching anime (then writing about it) or enjoying the outdoors. He knows life could be worse, though.

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