moss Protocol 03: Go Back to Give Something

Let moss tell you their name, which may include elements of moss’ body, moss’ location, moss relationships, and your sensory experience of touching and being touched by moss. 

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 Go Back to Give Something

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.

Let moss tell you their name, which may include elements of moss’ body, moss’ location, moss relationships, your sensory experience of touching and being touched by moss. 

The moss body name recognizes moss’ unique being in the world and enables you to meet moss again as you might find a new friend.

To build moss’ name we suggest you answer the questions in Step 2 


Answer these questions to build moss’ name:

Where is moss? 

How is moss growing?

What other organisms support moss? 

What touches moss?

What other activities take place around moss? 

Select words from you answers and combine them into a compound name unique to moss. For example, Williamsburg-sprawling-treepit-Fido-pee-moss.

Create an audio recording (e.g. voice memo) in which you chant moss’ name back to them several times. Also take a close up photo that shows moss in as much detail as possible. 

Submit your photo here and email your voice memo to






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. 


  • Anthony from Northvale, NJ
  • Priya from New Jersey
  • Anisha from Central Jersey
  • Miguel Castillo form Belleville, NJ
  • Alex from Glen Ridge, NJ
  • Martina, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Josephine from Alston, Cumbria
  • Birgit Larson from Beacon, NY
  • andrea, Lenapehocking land, East River Park, NYC
  • Colin, Columbus, OH
  • Amy Youngs from Columbus, Ohio
  • Stephanie Heit, Odawa land Up North Michigan
  • Marcia from Columbus, OH
  • Petra, Odawa Territory, on Crystal Lake, Michigan
  • Linda from Hillsdale, NY
  • Ellie, Mohican land, Troy, NY
  • Bilal from Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • 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?

U.S. EPA is trying to omit vital Public Health Data- Tell them what you think!

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 to give a public comment, search by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OA–2018–0259.

Sent a comment to the US EPA

Don’t let the U.S. EPA get away with using the pandemic as an open license to pollute

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.”

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:

Use this Template to Help the Birds See the Glass

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.

Tell Congress to provide essential benefits to essential workers