We All Waste Earth And Have TOO Much Junk

Leaving Hawaii and packing up thirty years of too, too much

Christyl Rivers, Phd.


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Have you seen the little piggies?

We are in the thick of packing up our citrus farm to move back to the Pacific Northwest.

The goal is to see some of the west, save and conserve it through supporting local economies of ecotourism, and hope our climate activism inspires others to snap out of despair.

And demand clean energy for as long as you can breathe.

Even so, packing up decades worth of stuff, (and when you also have tons your parents left you when they passed) AND a whole mess of tools for farming food and flowers, despite all best efforts, your realize your possessions own you.

We have made efforts to go zero waste but our wasteful consumeristic culture does not allow it.

Re-purpose your purpose

Because every plastic cap — even though I avoid them — cannot repurpose into a garden butterfly mosaic no matter how hard I try. Not every scrap of discarded chair leg, or board can be made into a bird house.

This means I have been dumping literal tons of “re-purpose” projects and clothes, like lamps that were formerly rock and shell piles, cookie jars turned garden gnomes, and so much more.

Hoarding for a climate activist does not mean piles of stuff I over-bought like a shopping addict. There are no goat trails, or public health nightmares.

It means feeling grief for things, usually second hand, that we try to keep out of the landfill, oceans, and world-scapes. I see people throw stuff out as if the world is disposable, and of course, since the world is sacred to me, I try to find a way to follow the family motto:

Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or, do without.

We didn’t start the fire, didn’t light it but tried to fight it

In my house we avoid burning it all up. No gasoline trips without efficiency, no shopping for “fun.” No…



Christyl Rivers, Phd.

Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.