'Nature of Things' report on the history of the car and its impact on the environment and society.

Tim Collins reports on the history of the car, how it has become a desired commodity, and how it is destroying the environment.

In the opening line of the programme, Collins states

Imagine a machine which kills and maims millions of people...
Imagine a machine which could one day cost us the earth. 

Collins takes a look at the history of the car, since its invention through the consumer boom of the 1950s and 1960s, and the impact it has had on people and the environment. 

The car began as a custom made vehicle for a privileged elite. It was now fast becoming an indispensable part of people's lives.

Nature of Things - The Car (1990)
Nature of Things - The Car (1990)

Frank McDonald, Environment Correspondent with The Irish Times, talks about the modern day love affair with the car, and comments on the declining value of the car as there become more and more of them.

This episode of 'Nature of Things' was broadcast on 3 May 1990. 

Car - Nature of Things (1990)
Nature of Things - The Car (1990)