Green Coffee Table Book is about More Than Activism

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A new book is doing double duty: raising awareness about global issues while also using green technology in its production.

My hope is that this book will serve as a catalyst for inciting interest, thought and discussion among those who read it

A new book is doing double duty: raising awareness about global issues while also using green technology in its production. Caryn West, a commercial artist, wrote and illustrated The Trouble with the Alphabet: Through the Eyes of Innocence, which explores human rights issues. For each letter of the alphabet, a country is represented along with a charity doing humanitarian work in the region. A is for Afghanistan, where the organization Women for Women helps female survivors of war and civil strife, for example.

The Trouble with the Alphabet is a large coffee table book, printed in the U.S. in High Definition Hexachrome. It is also manufactured in accordance with green practices using wind energy, partially recycled, 100% forest managed paper and over 50% vegetable based inks. For every tree used in the manufacturing of the book, two trees are planted in Afghanistan or other war-torn countries by Roots of Peace. This organization ensures that the land is first de-mined and safe. Then fruit and nut trees are planted and the people are taught how to cultivate the crops. This sustainable and socially responsible way of book-making is in keeping with the book's message of activism.

"My hope is that this book will serve as a catalyst for inciting interest, thought and discussion among those who read it," says Caryn West. "Activism is not confined to being on the ground in one of these countries. Activism is taking action in some manner, wherever you are and with whatever resources you are blessed with or limited by. The Trouble with the Alphabet is a book intended to shake the complacency out of society and replace it with a new sense of social responsibility."

West's book started out as a casual project to paint the alphabet on canvases for her young son's room, but it became a labor of love driven by compassion and a newfound interest in the realities facing children around the globe. In particular, it addresses the plight of hundreds of millions of women and children in 25 countries that suffer under a variety of afflictions - AIDS, poverty, hunger, war, rape, genocide, and child labor to name a few. More information about the book can be found at TheTroubleWithTheAlphabet.com.

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