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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!
Danny

Our only. Our one. Home planet.
Jeanethe

Now it’s your turn. What are your Six Words for the Planet? Write your six-word essay and share it at http://www.smithmag.net/planet. Throughout the project, we’ll feature your Six Words for the Planet on the EPA.gov 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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210 Responses leave one →
  1. saleh permalink
    May 17, 2012

    Don,t get from us

  2. June 1, 2012

    Thank you for the opportunity. Below is a link to my entry. Please let me know what you think…

    http://www.smithmag.net/planet/story.php?did=341654

    Best Regards,
    Marc

  3. June 3, 2012

    We Care You Should Too !

  4. Anonymous permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Drop agendas, join hands, work together.

  5. June 5, 2012

    hi, Lets be inspired by nature everyday!

  6. Ninyesiga Robert permalink
    June 7, 2012

    Stop talking plant trees for life

  7. June 7, 2012

    Hi Jessica – This is a great initiative although summing up your feelings in 6 words or less takes some degree of management! as you mention, in this digital age, people are becoming much more adaptive at short stories with tweets and social marketing platforms sprouting out everywhere. I wish you luck with this worthwhile cause.

  8. Ed Carpenter permalink
    June 12, 2012

    2 valuable not 2 care 4

  9. June 13, 2012

    Nurture nature, mine sustainably, live futuristically

  10. BETH permalink
    June 13, 2012

    BLUE SOUL, GREEN HEART, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

  11. Yajayri Rojas permalink
    June 13, 2012

    Let’s think globally to act locally.

  12. Scott Fraser permalink
    June 15, 2012

    Air, Water, Land: everything is connected

  13. Scott Fraser permalink
    June 15, 2012

    We’re all in this bubble together.

  14. June 20, 2012

    from nature and for nature only

  15. June 22, 2012

    plz! Stop talking plant trees for life.
    we are killing this planet

  16. June 23, 2012

    Life and power from the Sun.

  17. Cory H permalink
    June 24, 2012

    Yours, Mine, Our Home, Our Planet

  18. Michael permalink
    June 25, 2012

    We all need to work together!

  19. Anonymous permalink
    June 28, 2012

    Clean water. Clean air. No waste.

  20. Anonymous permalink
    June 29, 2012

    Wir machen durch bis morgen frueh.

  21. June 29, 2012

    Think smarter,Work harder

  22. Kathryn Macias permalink
    June 30, 2012

    I love my mother, Mother Earth!

  23. July 2, 2012

    Hi jessica,

    It’s really hard to express the feelings in 6 words after reading your article but I can say, it made me sentimental.

    Regards,

  24. July 14, 2012

    Let’s think globally to act locally.

  25. July 14, 2012

    Hi jessi,

    here are my six words for the planet – honesty, love, peace, green, friendly and worshiping.

    Regards,

  26. July 15, 2012

    Know the life-cycle effects of products

  27. Kwein Aqila permalink
    July 30, 2012

    Save the planet = Save your life.

  28. Melissa Powell permalink
    August 6, 2012

    One planet. One agency. Total control.

  29. Melissa Powell permalink
    August 6, 2012

    Regulations here. Regulations there. Industry Extinct.

  30. Melissa Powell permalink
    August 6, 2012

    Individual rights, no. Animal rights, yes.

  31. Melissa Powell permalink
    August 6, 2012

    No such thing as private property.

  32. Melissa Powell permalink
    August 6, 2012

    FEAR: IRS, EPA, DHS, TSA, DOI.

  33. August 9, 2012

    Life and power from the Sun.

  34. August 9, 2012

    One planet. One agency. Total control.

  35. August 9, 2012

    Nurture nature, mine sustainably, live futuristically

  36. August 9, 2012

    Think smarter,Work harder

  37. August 13, 2012

    Six-word essays recently came to my attention and I thought it would a great way to celebrate the environment.

  38. Jane Anderson permalink
    August 31, 2012

    hey

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    September 4, 2012

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    September 7, 2012

    Awesome post. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us.

  41. Mags keane permalink
    September 14, 2012

    E.A.R.T.H = E-ducate, A-wareness, R-espect, T-ruth, H-armony.

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    September 29, 2012

    hello world

  43. Tin con nghe permalink
    October 22, 2012

    hi, Lets be inspired by nature everyday!

  44. Nguyen Bao permalink
    November 14, 2012

    Drop agendas, join hands, work together.

  45. Denver airport transportation permalink
    November 24, 2012

    live green. love pink, laugh alot.

  46. technicien permalink
    December 4, 2012

    very nice blog , i like it . thx

  47. mwa permalink
    December 5, 2012

    nice post

  48. mwa permalink
    December 5, 2012

    yes

  49. click here permalink
    December 10, 2012

    I was totally unaware of six word essays. According to me, my six words for the planet is clean planet, safe planet, green planet

  50. phen375 permalink
    January 13, 2013

    very nice blog , i like it . thx

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