Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise for a Better World

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A collection of photos, one-thousand word essays, and calls to action on the compelling issues of our day, to leave the world a better place for the next generation. Contributions by high profile, concerned citizens as Jimmy Carter, Mia Hamm, Rachael Ray, Robert Coles, Queen Noor, Sen. Tom Harkin, Bill McKibben, Robert Putnam, Newt Gingrich, Juan Williams, Donovan McNabb, Joe Torre, and more.

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Hope and change were the themes of Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaign, but America and the world are now faced with the daunting task of translating this stirring sentiment into reality. With contributions from thirty-five
committed world citizens, the book in your hands is a starting point to help keep our generational promise to leave this world a better place than we inherited. By combining powerful ideas, images, and actions, it draws attention to some of the major issues facing this and future generations, ranging from childhood obesity to climate change. Most importantly, it sets forth workable ways to make a difference in your home, your community, and the greater world.
           
Actions Speak Loudest delves into the heart of thirty-two 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. Readers are invited to visit actionsspeakloudest.org, an online community where they can share their own ideas 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.

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Ideas, images, and actions to change our children’s future—
with contributions by household names and everyday heroes
Throughout my life I have witnessed ordinary Americans involved in extraordinary acts of service. Collectively, these individual acts build momentum and become a movement for lasting change. I encourage everyone who reads these pages to think about how you can do something big or small to make a difference in your house, on your block, in your community, or throughout the world.—Alma Powell, Chair, America’s Promise Alliance

 Actions Speak Loudest is a unique user’s guide to making a change. The photographs themselves are inspirational. Together with the essays and the “action” guides, they create a starting point for lifting the American spirit and stirring people to take a risk, make a sacrifice. The key idea is to shift the pessimism found in the poll numbers that suggest Americans are getting comfortable with the idea that our children will not have a better life than the current generation.
If you have this book in your hand you are a dangerous American. You have a tool for radical action to make our great country even greater for the greatest gift—our children.
—from the Foreword by Juan Williams

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