Chelsea Clinton has plenty to say in her book, "It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!"
Despite the fact that she comes from a privileged background and sheltered childhood, she has a lot of worthy information to share.
She has visited places all over the world with her mother, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, who also served as U.S secretary of state, and seen a lot of needs close up. Chelsea Clinton has gathered together information on organizations such as Heifer International and laid it out alongside multiple problems the world is trying to live with and solve.
Clinton talks about the poverty she has seen and shines a spotlight on some of the realities — such as families trying to live on 78 cents a day and without access to clean water or basic sanitation — that lead to problems with having the ability to work and earn money, which lead to despair, illness and chronic unrest.
While Clinton may be viewed as naive in her goals and dreams, her book is a place to start.
The book is easy to read. The graphics, pictures and charts break up the text nicely, and the information is eye-opening. Clinton has obviously done her homework.
She points to cities that are at risk from warming temperatures and rising sea levels, saying superstorms such as Sandy will increase in ferocity and frequency.
She illustrates how diseases that could be managed are taking more lives and that pollution is threatening world health.
It's daunting, but Clinton says there are solutions if everyone begins to care and work together.
For example, the Barefoot College organization teaches "Solar Mamas" to build and maintain solar units to provide electricity in villages in India. The Self-Employed Women's Association helps Muslim and Hindu women earn money, set up their own businesses and help others invest in their futures. KivaU.org, an organization that includes Clinton and her husband and children from developing nations, offers microloans to people living in poverty all over the world.
This is a go-to book for readers interested in making a difference in the world before it's too late. It's a hopeful, practical text.
There is no foul language, described violence or sexual content.