Journey to the Safest Place on Earth

Journey to the Safest Place on Earth

Dir.: Edgar Hagen, Switzerland 2013, 100 min.



Journey to the Safest Place on Earth

Where should we place the world's most dangerous waste? Over the last 60 years, more than 350,000 tons of deadly, highly radioactive nuclear waste have been produced worldwide. It may take thousands of years before it becomes harmless again, and therefore has to be put in a place where it can not harm people or the environment. Charles McCombie, a leading expert with over 40 years of experience in the field, takes director Edgar Hagen on a journey to find the safest place on earth. Nuclear waste should be buried in a stable environment where it will not be affected by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wars and disasters - and where it can stay well into a future that we basically know nothing about. In the quest to find a suitable location, they meet nuclear scientists, environmentalists, politicians, geologists and the neighbours of the current locations where toxic nuclear waste is stored. A film that reminds us of the long-term effects of a short-term solution - and about how crucial it is to consider the problems before they occur. Screening with Sebastian Mez's short film 'Substanz' (14 min.) from Fukushima under the title of 'Journey to the Safest Place on Earth + Substanz'.

Journey to the Safest Place on Earth (Switzerland 2013, 100 min.) Dir.: Edgar Hagen.