Actions Speak Loudest
Keeping Our Promise for A Better WorldBook - 2009
Ideas, images, and actions to change our children's future with contributions by household names and everyday heroes. Hope and change were the themes of Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign, but long after his 100-day honeymoon period has ended, America and the world will be faced with the daunting task of translating this stirring sentiment into reality.ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDESTis designed to be a starting point in this process--namely, by helping us keep our generational promise to leave the world a better place than we inherited. Harnessing the cumulative power of ideas, images, and actions, it simply yet powerfully draws attention to some of the major issues facing this and future generations of children, ranging from childhood obesity to climate change. Most importantly, it sets forth workable ideas on how to address them. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDESTdelves to the heart of thirty-one issues critical to the well being of the next generation, with evocative, award-winning photographs; articulate and accessible essays; and attainable, ambitious ideas for action. The contributors--who span all walks of life and fields of work--are not just limited to well-known celebrities, authors, and experts but also include everyday American heroes who have overcome their own personal challenges to make a difference in the lives of youth in their community. These range from a survivor of the Columbine School shooting to a mother on food stamps fighting for more nutritious food options in her neighborhood. Each chapter pairs a poignant photograph from award-winning photographers with a thousand-word essay--and closes with a one-page "call to action" that gives readers practical advice on how to become involvedtodayin effecting change in the given issue in their own homes and communities, and on the national level. Readers are also invited to visit shareyourlegacy.org, an online community where they can share their own ideas, images, and recommended actions. "Actions speak louder than words," Mark Twain once said, "but seldom ever do." This book holds open the prospect that our actions will indeed speak louder in our time.
Publisher: Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, c2009.
Characteristics: xii, 212 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.