moss Protocol 02: Ritual of Returning

Return to moss, noticing changes from your last visit. Bring drawing supplies with you. What distinguishes this moss from other moss or from a sidewalk or a tree? Where does the moss end? 

Be part of moss Summer Camp, created in collaboration with EPA guest agents + local mosses. Graduates will receive a certificate from the "real" EPA (Environmental Performance Agency).


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Participate: moss Ritual of Returning

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.

Return to moss, noticing changes from your last visit. Bring drawing supplies.* What distinguishes this moss from other moss or from a sidewalk or a tree? Where does moss end?

How do the phyllis (moss leaves) lay on each other? How does moss interact with substrates (stones, plants, tree bark, soil, decaying things)?Where do you see light and darkness?

Create a sketch of moss’ body, including visible and invisible elements.

*Bring any drawing supplies that work for you (you might even want to try using water and small paint brushes to draw directly onto a near by substrate and see the drawing evaporate)


Notice dryness and wetness. Notice the rhythm and texture.

Sense the gestures your body makes as you create the textures and shapes you see.

Take a photo of the drawing.

Upload the photo of the drawing you made when you visited moss.

moss’ library (work in progress)

Moss is connected to time and climate and geology. They teach us about our own interactions with water, microbes, pollution, heat and substrates. 

In protocol 04, you will be asked to hydrate moss’ library with your letter. We will then see what germinates as spores alight. As it grows, moss’ library will merge topics across land rights, reparations, and food systems, with a focus on resources and texts that center BIPOC communities and moss practices. 

More details coming soon! If you want to contribute suggestions for moss’ library, email us at

This is moss’ library. The library is always open. 


  • Priya from New Jersey
  • Anthony Timpanaro, Northvale, NJ
  • Jessica from Columbus, OH
  • Joel From Middlesex
  • Alex from Glen Ridge, NJ
  • Aylin, Randolph, NJ
  • Rosalia Mesa-Castillo, NJ
  • Anisha from Central Nj
  • Akansha
  • Charles from Roselle Park
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • NJ
  • Sonam from Menlo Park, NJ
  • Ashley, Jamesburg
  • Carol west Orange nj
  • Antouny Samaan, Rutgers Newark
  • Newark, NJ
  • Miguel Castillo form Belleville, NJ
  • Dot from Crown Heights, Brooklyn
  • Victoria from Columbia MO
  • Aber from Columbus, OH
  • Colin, Columbus, OH
  • Amy Youngs from Columbus, Ohio
  • Marcia from Columbus, Ohio
  • Magdalena/Moss from Wroclaw-Borek Poland
  • Bridget, So called Warren, Michigan — Anishinaabe land
  • Angelica from Crown Heights, BK
  • Martina, Altstetten-Zurich, balcony moss research, 1.9.2020, 7pm
  • andrea from Lenapehocking land, East River Park, NYC
  • Josephine from Alston, Cumbria
  • Birgit Larson from Beacon, NY
  • Bilal from Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Ellie, Mohican land, Troy, NY
  • Stephanie Heit, Odawa Land Up North Michigan
  • Linda from Hillsdale, NY
  • Petra, Odawa Territory, on Crystal Lake, Michigan
  • andrea from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Further action

Is your state fighting to control transportation-related emissions?

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.

Is your state one of them?

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ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE PUBLIC COMMENTS: Due to continued pushback on this proposal commenting is extended until May 18th. Visit to give a public comment, search by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OA–2018–0259.

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TAKE ACTION: Sign the NRDC Petition

How are bird and multispecies communities being impacted by US EPA rollbacks?

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:

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We want real climate justice policy! What Energy Policy would your Street Tree Endorse? 

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.

Read the Peoples Climate Plan for NYC

 Almost ⅔ of Earth’s biodiversity is bacterial. How do we deconstruct and unlearn human supremacy?

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.

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