Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement

Frankie Fenton / / 2022

Nuclear power - yes, please? Thought-provoking insight into the grassroots activist movement convinced that hated nuclear power is the future and the quickest way out of the climate crisis.

Gandhi famously said that first they make fun of you, then they fight you, and then they lose. With those words as an inspiration, a group of activists is launching a campaign to convince a sceptical world that nuclear power is the fastest way to get coal out of our energy systems in the face of climate change. With cardboard signs, courage, a love for the climate and thought-provoking facts, they try to convince and convert their many opponents. But over them looms the shadow of fear from the accidents at the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants and the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But what if those fears are not rational and iPhones, for example, cost more lives in traffic every year than nuclear power ever did? And having already opened Pandora’s nuclear box, can we ever close it again?