Archive for May, 2011

Into Eternity film

Into Eternity is a new compelling Danish film about the construction of the world’s first permanent repository for high level radioactive waste, in Finland. Once sealed, the facility is never to be opened and needs to last for 100,000 years. But can we ensure that? Once you see the trailer at:, you may well find yourself asking what you can do to shut down nuclear reactors that keep producing more hazardous waste.

Two showings in the Connecticut River Valley:

  • Thursday May 12th, 6:30 PM     Greenfield MA

Greenfield Comm. College Main Campus, Main Building 3rd floor, Stinchfield Hall  Admission: Contributions greatly appreciated

  • Thursday May 19th, 7:00PM    Brattleboro VT

Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street Brattleboro, VT   Admission:   Adults $7.50  Seniors $5.00

There will be a time for questions & answers after the film showings. Literature and resource people from Safe & Green Campaign, New England Coalition, and CLAM will be present.

Sponsors:   CLAM (,

New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution (


Safe & Green Campaign (

Marlboro Productions (

GCC Renewable Energy Program* ( * For May 12th event.

Into Eternity was written & directed by Michael Madsen from Denmark, produced by Magic Hour Films and distributed by International Film Circuit Inc. The movie is 75 minutes long, in English, Finnish and Swedish with English subtitles.


“This place is not a place of honour. No esteemed deeds are commemorated here. This is not a place for you. What is here is dangerous and repulsive. The danger will still be present in your time, as it is in ours.”

These are the sentences that future man will meet if he finds and opens the gigantic network of underground tunnels which are presently being hewn out of the bedrock in Finland.  The tunnels will be filled with high-level radioactive waste, which must be kept isolated from human beings and other live organisms for at least 100.000 years into the future so as not to render large areas uninhabitable.

Not only must the facility last 10 times longer than any manmade construction ever, it must also be able to resist all thinkable climate changes, erosion, and evolution. The real challenge, however, is to secure the facility from human intrusion.  To succeed with that is vital in order to keep future man safe and prevent the waste from escaping into the biosphere. When the waste has been deposited, the facility will be sealed off, never to be opened again. But can we ensure that? How is it possible to warn future man of the waste we left behind? How do we prevent them from thinking they have found the pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures? Which languages and signs will they understand, and if they understand, will they respect our instructions? Hopefully these questions will have found answers before the facility is finished 120 years from now.