Millions of tons of waste, have been stitched into our planet. Much is classified as high-level and will remain dangerous to living beings for more than 100,000 years, we plan to bury the most dangerous of it—the spent nuclear fuel—half a kilometer underground. Deep geological storage sites are already under construction in many countries, including Finland & Sweden, many more are under design. These will present a risk to thousands of generations of human and other beings.

We wrestle with what instructions to leave beside the waste—instructions we imagine will help protect people in the future—oblivious to the fact that the presence of our waste in their world is itself the message.

Long after our cities & monuments have crumbled, long after our languages are unspoken, long after our gods have turned away, our nuclear waste will endure. It is how our descendants will know us.


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