Bring writing tools with you when you return to moss. Conduct a dialogue with moss that positions moss as an active agent. You are a guest in moss' space. The grammar of moss must acknowledge the agency of moss. Write a personal letter from moss, love moss.
Be part of Moss Summer Camp. Graduates will receive a certificate from the "real" EPA (Environmental Performance Agency).
A Note on Comfort and Care: As you engage with Moss Summer Camp, move with care and safety for your body and the bodies of others.
Bring writing tools with you when you return to moss. Conduct a dialogue with moss that positions moss as an active agent. You are a guest in moss’ space. The grammar of moss must acknowledge the agency of moss. Write a personal letter from moss, love moss.
Remember: Moss is nomadic, ancient, and periodic. Moss is beyond rhizomatic, with no beginning or end. Their edges are not edges—they are flexible and ever-changing. Consider how you will deliver your letter in light of this. See the next step for some more writing suggestions.
Hear moss’ connection to life and death: survival, hydration, time, resurrection, trans~form~ation, mutuality, vulnerability, dist/urban/ce, re-ci-pro-city, (water) magic.
Send the letter by USPS mail to EPA for inclusion in the moss’ library. (Moss Archive aka Environmental Performance Agency P.O. box)
Take a Photo of the Letter as you drop it into a USPS Mailbox, With this gesture you will also support public space and public service.
Step 5 (optional): Moss’ Library
Moss is connected to time and climate and geology. They teach us about our own interactions with water, microbes, pollution, heat and substrates.
Help moss, help others.
Contribute to moss’ library by suggesting books, introducing thoughts, sharing environmental insights, offering wisdom, and inviting new interactions.
This is moss’ library. The library is always open.
Global temperatures are on target to rise at least 3°C (5.4 ° F) by 2100. On March 31, 2020, while the country was in lockdown due to the Covid19 pandemic, the US EPA passed a rule relaxing fuel efficiency standards through 2026 (based on spurious science). Transportation related greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise as Americans get on the road again. While Federal agencies fail us, states are fighting to regulate emissions more aggressively. Twenty-two states have sued the EPA.
In early March 2020, the U.S. EPA announced further amendments to it’s “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” policy proposal, which has been dubbed the “Censor Science Rule” by the scientific community, as it disqualifies all anonymous medical data – effectively the data that measures the health impact of environmental pollution. We now know that the respiratory illness caused by Covid19 has brought the unsettling correlation between death rates and the POC and immigrant communities most exposed to environmental pollution further to light.
ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE PUBLIC COMMENTS: Due to continued pushback on this proposal commenting is extended until May 18th. Visit regulations.gov to give a public comment, search by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OA–2018–0259.
Good Air quality is key for both humans and nonhumans alike. On March 26th, 2020, the U.S. EPA released a letter titled “COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program”, announcing that it would not be enforcing its compliance regulations, giving industry a pass to pollute freely during this global health crisis. Former US EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, called it “an open license to pollute.”
This March the U.S. EPA gutted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which now no longer holds individuals or companies (for example real estate companies) accountable for the incidental killing of migratory birds. In New York City, 90,000 birds collide with buildings every year, many of these are migratory birds, as the city is located on a major migratory pathway. One more reason to stand up against massive real estate developments in the city!
MAKE A PROTEST POSTER FOR YOUR WINDOW! And if you happen to live in a highrise, or any building with glass:
In 2017 former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice proposing a repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which requires utilities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The rule was replaced in 2019 with the “Affordable Clean Energy” (ACE) rule which weakens emissions standards. The U.S. EPA, over the past 4 years, has rolled back over 95 rules put in place to protect environmental health, supporting the interests of the coal, gas, and oil industries, along with Big Agriculture. How has this changed the role and pressure we place on so-called green infrastructure? What kind of energy policy would street trees endorse? Read about the Red New Deal, and A Peoples Climate Plan for NYC.
The U.S. EPA endorses the use of powerful herbicides and pesticides like glyphosate (Round Up) and chlorpyrifos. In 2019, the U.S. EPA announced that it would not ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide that its own experts have linked to serious health problems in children, and farmworkers. Now more than ever our food supply depends on supporting and protecting farmworkers.
Visit Beyond Pesticides to learn more.