Do you want to test how much you know about our environment? Or are you someone who wants to improve your knowledge on the same? Then this game for you! While playing this game, you will encounter the cause, consequences, and solutions to different environmental issues.
– Wooden board with an outline map of India
– Wooden dice
– 4 tokens with different shapes
– 50 knowledge cards, 4 start-cards
The game is played between 2-4 players, and it is played with dice and tokens. There will be certain knowledge fields in the game with knowledge cards. The rules of the game are as follows:
· The game has four starting points from south, north, east, and west of India, and the game ends in central India.
· When the game starts the player draws randomly one card from a set of four start cards to identify the route from where the game starts. For example, if the chosen card says south (denoted by S) then the player starts from south to center.
· The players move their tokens from the start point according to the number they roll with the dice.
· There are five knowledge fields in each path. Every time you land on or cross a knowledge field you must choose one card from the deck.
· The player gets the score only after convincing other players with answers to the questions mentioned in the knowledge cards.
· The game ends by reaching the center point with a maximum point.
· The player with the maximum score wins the game so it is important to cross the knowledge fields as well as to answer the questions.
Knowledge Card Details:
· There are a total of 50 cards, including 21 crisis cards, 13 opportunity cards, 6 danger cards, 5 bonus cards, and 5 stop cards.
· Crisis cards: There will be some environmental issues or crises mentioned. The player must talk about the cause, consequences, or solutions as mentioned in the card and the player must convince the other players. If the answer is convincing to all other players, the player gets the score mentioned on the card.
· Opportunity cards: A topic will be mentioned in the card (with a small explanation) related to the environment. The player must give answers to the questions mentioned in the card. If the answer is convincing to the other players, then the player gets the score mentioned on the card.
· Danger card: This is the danger card where certain environmental disasters or catastrophes are mentioned, and the player must go two steps backward and continue the game.
· Bonus cards: This card is a bonus that gives one more chance to play.
· Stop cards: If this card is drawn the player loses one turn to play in the next round of the game.
Urava means the beginning of a water flow and here we refer it as the starting to our initiative.
Urava is our first project with children. Our children are small but have a lot of potentials. Through this project, we are initiating to unlock this potential. During the project, they are going to explore their connection with nature through arts, camps, and a lot more activities. They are going to reconnect with nature to learn the importance to conserve it.
We started Urava with our first pilot activity on 19th February 2022 with three smart children from Erumanathoor village in Wayanad district. This was done in collaboration with Gurukula botanical sanctuary. We went for a small exposure visit to the sanctuary which is situated in the middle of a forest. The sanctuary which started early in 1981 is home to over 2000 plant species many of which are endangered species of the Western Ghats. Our children had an interesting interaction with the people from the sanctuary. They were excited to see a variety of species that they never heard about. Along with enjoying the beauty of nature, they also started realizing the fact that we are supposed to conserve our nature and her wide variety of lives rather than disturbing them.
We are currently at the second stage of Urava. It’s a 15-day camp span over a month (18.04.22 to 18.05.22) with 15 children from the same village. The camp happens in and around the surroundings of Erumanathoor alternate school. The major focus of the camp is to influence the leadership skill, communication skills, and environmental awareness of the children. The activities include a mix of indoor and outdoor activities and games. We are slowly stepping forward to make our little climate leaders.
Click here to read the report about the first phase of urava.
Our first camp with children started on 18th April 2022 at Wayanad. Fifteen children are part of this camp.