Nuclear Power - A Solution for the Planet?

  • Product code : A269-013
  • Category(ies) : Energy +
  • Level(s) : Sec. (ages 14-17) +, Post-Sec. (18 +) +
  • Duration : 52 min.
  • Production year : 2022
  • Director(s) : Ghislaine Buffard
  • Producer(s) : Seppiia Film & Arte G.E.I.E.
  • Version(s) : French +
  • Subtitles : Subtitled in English


The decline of nuclear power is a planet wide trend. Of the 400 working reactors in the world, half will be shut down within 20 years. Following the Fukushima disaster, Germany gave up on nuclear energy and will close its last plant in 2022. Belgium, Switzerland and Spain will follow suit. France, the most nuclear powered country in the world with 70% of its electrical energy coming from the atom, made an historic decision in 2020 by retiring Fessenheim, the oldest of its nuclear plants. Twelve other reactors of the remaining 56 will be closed by 2035.

What if the clean atom were a smokescreen? It is true that the nuclear production of electricity emits very little CO2, but does that make it ecologically sound?

Nuclear Power - A Solution for the Planet?