Early Reviews

“Bold, upbeat, and witty — but behind the drollery, Kennard is shrewdly advocating the pursuit of radical ecological goals through conservative methods, signifying a sea change in thinking about the politics of the environment.” Peter H. Schuck, Professor Emeritus, Yale Law School; Author, One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking About Five Hard Issues That Divide Us

“Byron Kennard is one of the environmental movement’s greatest organizers.”— Amory Lovins, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

In You Can’t Fool Mother Nature, Byron Kennard unveils a vision for the future to address the manifold threats our planet faces. He draws on his experience in the environmental movement to suggest the way forward on climate change and other challenges. In many instances, we know what needs to be done and how to do it.  In others, we will need to draw on the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of the coming generation. Kennard’s writings should inspire this next generation to do what is necessary to preserve civilization, indeed life on earth as we know it.” Gordon Binder, Chief of Staff, US Environmental Protection Agency, 1989-93

“Byron Kennard is unique among social change activists in his expertise based on the real world of social change combined with his incredible knowledge of history.
His pioneering work in the environmental movement gave him a unique, practical knowledge of how social change really happens.
But it is his deep understanding of history that makes Byron’s insights so insightful and helpful.
Today’s social change leaders would benefit from Byron’s practical insight combined with this deep understanding of history. It’s this combination that makes this book so critical to anyone interested in social change for the better.” Rich Tafel, Founder of The Public Squared, a public policy training program for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs; Author, Party Crasher: A Gay Republican Challenges Politics as Usual, and the founder of Log Cabin Republicans

“Community organizers often succeed by declining to take credit for progress achieved but, instead, attributing it to others. That’s how — back in the 1960s — Byron Kennard played a seminal role in helping to create the modern environmental movement. He did this not because he’s modest (he’s not), but because he knew it would work. And it did! 

What Kennard and other environmental pioneers launched all those years ago has evolved into one of the most powerful and constructive social movements in world history.   

Sixty years later — as catastrophic climate change threatens the planet — Kennard, at age 82, takes stock of the movement he helped create, concluding that it remains our best hope for ensuring a secure future for current and future generations.” Peter Harnik, “Global 500” Achiever, Friends of the United Nations Environment Program; former Coordinator, Environmental Action

“Having spent 25 years in early childhood education, I discovered how many of the boys and girls I have cared for loved exploring everything from dinosaurs to locusts.
One mother decorated her 4-year old daughter’s birthday cake with insects because she loved insects so much. Anyone who has ever had small children knows of their innate love of the natural world when exposed to it.
And that’s why, for me, Byron Kennard’s You Cant Fool Mother Nature is so critical:  we need a new understanding of how we are all part of the natural world, partners with all of life on earth, plants, animals, insects, and even the microbial world that we cannot see.  
You Can’t Fool Mother Nature outlines a course of action to engage young and old in ensuring that the natural world is secure and productive.” Michael Rawson, retired pre-school teacher, MA Early Childhood Education

“Byron Kennard was an environmentalist even before there was an environmental movement.  Starting in the 1960s, he has been a senior strategist and mentor to several generations of environmental leaders.  I remember a day early in 1970 when a co-worker came back to the office, fired up with ideas Byron had given her.  But it wasn’t just the ideas, he gave us the courage to go out and do it. George Alderson, in 1970, became the first registered lobbyist for the environment.  He went on to lead legislative campaigns for Friends of the Earth and for The Wilderness Society. He is the author of How You Can Influence Congress.

“Kennard is one of the unheralded leaders of the modern environmental movement. This book offers fascinating insight into how the movement formed and, at long last, should award long overdue recognition of his extraordinary contribution to it.” W. Michael McCabe, Executive Director of Earth Day ’80, former Deputy Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

 “Despite the dismal reality of how we’ve beaten and robbed Mother Nature, Byron Kennard’s pithy and practical new book leaves one with a revitalized sense of confidence about the potential for nature’s recovery despite the counter-acting absurdities of human behavior.

A lot of wisdom is packed into each line of thought he expresses, much of it derived from the vital context of history.

Humanity will be lucky if its struggle to continue here on earth into the next century is guided by wisdom that Kennard imparts here.” Carl Sferrazza Anthony, historian, author of works on presidential families and spouses and a website on American political culture