In September 2017, the category 5 hurricane "Maria" tore through Puerto Rico, leaving the entire island without electricity or running water. Relief efforts were slow and disorganized, leaving most of the island in desperate need for humanitarian aid. The Minecraft community, led by the Love Tropics team, came together in less than a month to organize the first ever Love Tropics event, raising money for the Direct Relief charity to bring water and first aid to the people of Puerto Rico.
A year after Puerto Rico was devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria, much of the island had finally gotten their electricity and water back. The same could not be said for the roofs of their homes. The strong winds had knocked off the roofs off tens of thousands of homes across the island, and not many had the resources to afford a new one, let alone a tarp. For 2018, Love Tropics elected to support Team Rubicon's efforts on the island to help people get new roofs for their homes.
Climate Change is one of humanity's greatest threats in present time. It especially affects those in low-lying, rural areas like the world's tropics, which is why Love Tropics has chosen to partner with Cool Earth for 2019's event. Together with Cool Earth, Love Tropics aims to help stop deforestation in Papua New Guinea, which is facing increased deforestation due to poverty and increased pressure from palm plantations in the country. Love Tropics will work with Cool Earth to help these villages become more sustainable and self-sustaining so they don't have to sell off or give up their land when pressured.