Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Into Eternity - Sunday 22nd May

On Sunday at 7:30pm, as part of Chapter Art Centre's Green Festival, Dr Chris Groves of Cesagen will be giving an introductory talk before a screening of Into Eternity.

Every day the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste are generated by nuclear power plants. This must be placed in interim storage, vulnerable to disasters, wars and societal upheaval. No long term solution to this problem exists at present, yet in Finland, efforts are being made to develop one. This is Onkalo, intended to be the world’s first permanent repository for high level waste. Hewn out of solid rock, the depository consists of a huge system of underground tunnels that must protect the waste stored there safely for 100,000 years.

Into Eternity explores, through a series of interviews with those involved in its construction, the ethical and practical complexities which surround Onkalo. At its heart lies the intransigent problem of how to communicate warnings about lethal dangers that will still be understandable hundreds of centuries in the future.

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