The Clangers! Deep ecology in 70s children’s tv

I was recently watching an episode of The Clangers on youtube (don’t ask) and was staggered! If you do not know, The Clangers was a British children’s television created and narrated by Oliver Postgate and aired on the BBC between 1969 and 1974. I loved The Clangers (I would have been 3 or 4 when I watched it) but was amazed at just how educational it was, with its pacifist and ecological stance on peaceful living.

Here is the introduction to this episode:

Of all the planets in the solar system, of all the stars in the Milky Way, perhaps the most troublesome is this one. This cloud covered planet called Earth. Our planet. The home of the human race. People have stood on the earth, and looked away into the sky, and tried to imagine what life would be like on other planets, other stars. And they have done more than imagine. They have invented things. Complex rockets so powerful they will blast away from the earth and carry space probes to invade these distant planets. Robot devices that will land, explore, take photographs and even dig up pieces of the unfortunate planet and make off with them. Who can say what havoc may be caused? What peaceful lives disrupted by these unwarranted intrusions?

Amazing really. They don’t make ’em like this anymore!

The Clangers website

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