On October 24th, Augustana held the annual event known as “Score!”. It is a part of a series of events making up sustainability awareness week. It is a collaboration between the Augustana Chaplaincy, Outdoor Club, and Earth Wise Club.

Introduced to the school in 2010, at Score, you can bring in gently used items, anything from clothes, to household goods, books, anything you would normally find at a store. The idea is to give items that would normally be thrown away a second life, rejecting the unnecessary spending of money. It is a great way of applying the concept of reusing, reducing, and recycling, to things that would normally be seen as disposable, simply because they don’t suit your needs any longer.

This day and age, with such an emphasis on the excess, and focus on obtaining new material goods, this event encourages us to look past that, and recognize the value of the things that are right in front of us. Not only can students participate, but it is open to the community of Camrose as a whole, bringing together the public and students who wish to be involved in a common sharing of ideas in a bright, open space.

At Score, there is something for everyone, people bring in items they wish to let go of on the day before, and on the day of,  you can look forward to snagging some new items. The atmosphere is overall full of excitement and eagerness to see what is up for grabs. It began with a student “fashion show” showcasing some of the items you can potentially score. Music was playing, there were games, there was tea, and food as well, creating an uplifting and inviting atmosphere for all.

Attending Score, and witnessing people’s excitement surrounding it made me realize just how important it is that we come together more often and promote awareness surrounding environmental issues.

Upon further reflection, it made me look at my spending habits; questioning if I really need to be obtaining items brand new, and throwing away something because I have no use for it. By now, it is clear that just because we throw something in the garbage, doesn’t mean it ceases to exist, the idea of throwing something away simply means it is out of sight, out of mind. Realistically, it will end up in a landfill, when it could be going to someone else, and gaining a new purpose.

The solution to environmental issues begins with us as individuals. Although pollution is a multi-faceted issue, and large corporations are part of the problem, we need to rid ourselves of the notion that it is solely the collective’s problem, and absolving ourselves from any responsibility, as we all have a part to play in this.

Events such as “Score!” are great in promoting environmental awareness, and being a part of the solution. I encourage everyone to not only attend future events like this, but to become proactive when thinking about our personal impact on the environment.

(Originally published December 11, 2019)

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