What Water Means to You…in just Six Words
By Christina Catanese
I swear that pesky word counter at the bottom of my screen is mocking me. My wordiness seems to get me in trouble, and my word count is always higher than I want it to be. 700 words when I need it to be 500. 253 when it has to be below 250. 100 words when I need it to be…6?
Six words! How can you say anything in only six words?
It turns out you can say a lot. Believe it or not, there have been short stories and even memoirs written in just six words.
And now, EPA has teamed up with SMITH Magazine to launch the Six Words for the Planet project, where anyone (you!) can submit a six word essay about our planet.
Since this is the Healthy Waters Blog, we’ve obviously got water on our minds, so I and a few of my fellow EPA employees took a crack at writing our own six words… for water.
Water: could I use less? Yes.
Headwaters to Bay, canoe that someday.
Water? Almost everywhere; most, alas, undrinkable.
Water Needs Energy. Energy Needs Water.
Chesapeake and Delaware Bays…Our Legacy.
Water. We can’t live without it.
Burdened mind. River walk. Feeling better.
When the currents are swift, portage.
Everyone deserves clean water. Get involved.
And now it’s your turn! This Earth Day, take a few minutes to think about what the planet (water or otherwise) means to you, then pen your own six word essay and submit it here. You might even have your six words featured on EPA websites or social media channels!
Get more information about Six Words for the Planet in this Greenversations Post.
About the Author: Christina Catanese has worked at EPA since 2010, and her work focuses on data analysis and management, GIS mapping and tools, communications, and other tasks that support the work of Regional water programs. Originally from Pittsburgh, Christina has lived in Philadelphia since attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science and an M.S. in Applied Geosciences with a Hydrogeology concentration. Trained in dance (ballet, modern, and other styles) from a young age, Christina continues to perform, choreograph and teach in the Philadelphia area.
Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations 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.