Swiss documentary “Journey to the Safest Place on Earth” focuses on the high-level nuclear waste issue

Journey to the safest Place on Earth A film by Edgar Hagen


A new series of projections of the film in Japan sheds light on the intersectional challenges of clean energy production and by-products management.

In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Switzerland strives for sustainable development that gives equal consideration to environmental, economic and social dimensions, as the balance between these elements will be the key to our lives in the future.

“Journey to the Safest Place on Earth”, a Swiss documentary film written and directed by Edgar Hagen in 2013, focuses on the high-level nuclear waste issue and the dilemma this dangerous by-product of clean energy creates.

Four years after the film shooting, in 2017, Switzerland chose to introduce through referendum a new energy concept known as Energy Strategy 2050 which aims at phasing out the nation’s five nuclear power plants by 2050.

The Japan premiere of the movie will provide with an excellent opportunity to reflect on the many challenges towards the realization for the 2030 Agenda, and in this regard an online talk with the director is scheduled to take place (more information to come on the website).

Journey to the safest Place on Earth: outline
Over the last 60 years, more than 350,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste have been amassed all over the world. This material must be deposited for thousands of years in a safe place, i.e. one that will not harm humans or the environment. However, even though such a repository has yet to be created, the production of nuclear waste continues unabated.

Nuclear physicist and internationally renowned repository specialist Charles McCombie, along with some of his most important allies, provides director Edgar Hagen with insights into the persistent struggle to find the safest place on earth in order to resolve this challenging issue.

Trailer (English) Journey to the Safest Place on Earth

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