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Six Words for the Planet: What are Yours?

2012 April 2

By Jessica Orquina

Have you heard of six-word essays or flash fiction? It’s a unique genre of writing that focuses on sharing a meaningful story or idea in just six words. The idea of very short stories began before the digital age, but has begun to thrive recently as people share their stories via social networks. Six-word essays recently came to my attention and I thought it would a great way to celebrate the environment.

Today at EPA, we are launching the Six Words for the Planet project in partnership with SMITH Magazine. To start off I wanted to share a few six-word essays written by my coworkers and me here at EPA.

Here are my Six Words for the Planet:

Many nations. One planet. Our home.

Here are six-word essays about the environment written by my fellow EPA employees:

Healthier families, cleaner communities, stronger America.
Lisa P Jackson, EPA Administrator

Breathe; A moment in nature. Breathe!

Our only. Our one. Home planet.

Now it’s your turn. What are your Six Words for the Planet? Write your six-word essay and share it at Throughout the project, we’ll feature your Six Words for the Planet on the homepage and EPA social media channels.

Visit SMITH Magazine and share your Six Words for the Planet today!

Who can participate?

To participate in Six Words for the Planet you can be a citizen of any country, living anywhere. As long as you’re 18 or older, you’re welcome to enter. If you’re younger than that, please ask your parent or guardian prior to entering.

  • You can enter your Six Words for the Planet any time between now and June 30, 2012.
  • Your Six Words for the Planet must be original.
  • You cannot enter a six-word essay that belongs to or has been copyrighted by someone else.
  • Your Six Words for the Planet cannot contain obscene, indecent, or profane language.
  • Your Six Words for the Planet cannot contain threats or defamatory statements.
  • Your Six Words for the Planet cannot contain hate speech directed at race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, or disability.
  • Your Six Words for the Planet cannot advertise, promote, or endorse a product or service.
  • The topic of your Six Words for the Planet cannot be nudity, drugs, violence, or symbols or acts of hatred.

By entering your Six Words for the Planet, you agree to all of the above. EPA and SMITH Magazine reserve the right to disqualify or not consider any entries for any reason.

About the author: Jessica Orquina works in the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education as the social media lead for the agency. Prior to joining EPA, she served as a public affairs specialist at another federal agency and is a former military and commercial airline pilot. She lives, works, and writes in Washington, DC.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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211 Responses leave one →
  1. wine barrel permalink
    January 26, 2013

    So informative things are provided here,I really happy to read this post,I was just imagine about it and you provided me the correct information I really bookmark it,for further reading,So thanks for sharing the information.

  2. April 17, 2013

    There’s Always People Good In The World. Some Better Than Others. Let’s Make This World A Better Place To Those Who Are Yet To Come. Watch Out


  3. Nina Burgess permalink
    April 23, 2013

    Imperfect. But still, our one nation.

  4. Taiwo olubode (Sci 100) permalink
    April 28, 2013

    You Can Help Save The Planet

  5. CONNER permalink
    April 28, 2013

    the earth is my only friend.

  6. Melissa Nunn permalink
    April 28, 2013

    Provider of life. Victim of abuse.

  7. John permalink
    June 25, 2013

    Total six words completed.

  8. Ava Lokata permalink
    December 30, 2013

    Verymuch helpful information, I have bookmark your site, keep sharing knowledge and invitation, thanx.

  9. Kunstplanten permalink
    January 29, 2014

    My six words are: Earth. Humans. Resources. Conflict. War. Destruction.

  10. April 3, 2014

    why is earth round and smaller

  11. markandeyulu permalink
    February 12, 2015

    Plantation; make it a habbit. Go green, Grow green & Get green.

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