Minecraft’s The Wild Update was released awhile back, and one of the new biomes was the mangrove swamp. These areas are filled with towering mangrove trees, large mangrove roots, and sweet little saplings called propagules. Like a lot of things in Minecraft, they also exist in the real world. And like a lot of those things, one of the reasons they were added them to the Overworld is to show everyone how cool they are!
Real-world mangrove trees have a huge impact on our environment. Just like all plants, they need carbon dioxide to grow. Thanks to their big, tangled root systems that grow underwater, mangroves are able to store that carbon dioxide for thousands of years after the tree itself dies. This is really important for our planet’s health, and mangroves can only trap all that carbon dioxide if they grow in a healthy forest.
To support a vision of Building a Better World, Mojang Studios has donated over $227k to The Nature Conservancy to protect mangroves. They’ve have also partnered with Everbloom Games to bring you a free map, Rooted Together, which you can play to have fun and learn about mangroves!
In the video above, you can check out the Rooted Together map with Grian, Wild, Authentic Games and Stacyplays, and the work done in Kenya by the Mtangawanda Women’s Association.