Set on the plains of North America in the mid-19th century, Rare Earth contrasts two opposing ways of making a living from the earth beneath us.
The American Indians lived for centuries on the plains and in the mountains, in partnership with the environment and the animals it supported, taking only that which they needed to live and utilising everything they took to the full. Their life-style is contrasted with that of the Europeans who arrived and drove them off their lands.
The Native American's sustainable existence is shattered by the arrival of Mum, Dad and Albert - the Ramsbottom family from Lancashire, England - hell-bent on creating a new land full of great opportunity.
Through the application of technology, determination and hard work, and after many setbacks, they eventually succeed, realising their dream of building Ramsbottom Super City - but at what cost?
Hilariously comic and deadly serious by turns, Rare Earth challenges assumptions and poses questions about the relationship of humans to the environment.
How should we live?
Is the earth there for us to exploit, or have we a greater responsibility?
Who are our family?
Should we look after number one or is the whole of mankind and its future our real family?