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New Renaissance Group (NRG), 1969-2002, n.d.


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Nicholson founded the NRG in Sep 1997 to look at ways of providing an overview of human progress in the light of modern science. He considered it as a follow-up to the ideas promoted in Sir Julian Huxley's book, The Humanist Frame, London 1961. The New Renaissance Group (NRG) grew out of the Earthcare Group (and Earthcare Club), launched by Nicholson in Feb 1995, which was principally concerned with forming an environmental strategy to take into the 21st century.

The NRG was described by Nicholson as a 'New Humanist Group' for guiding the development of a 'human equivalent to the environmental movement'. An informal group, NRG was particularly concerned with disharmony between civilization and the natural environment and regarded the conventional approaches of modern governments as largely obselete in the face of the challenges of the future. The Group's interests included population issues, sustainable development, the role of science, the challenge of globalisation, biodiversity, social issues and the development and role of culture. Nicholson served as Chairman and, later, as President of the NRG, resigning as Chairman in 1998. He continued to be actively involved in the Group until its winding-up in 2002.


  • Creation: 1969-2002, n.d.

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  • English

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