Earth Beat, 29 June 2012. Urban exploring in abandoned buildings, explosive underwater wrecks, what to do about the small problem of nuclear waste and coming back from the ashes of the Black Saturday bushfires. What we leave behind, and why.
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The munitions vessel ran aground more than 65 years ago, but so far nobody has been able to remove its explosive cargo – more than 1,440 tonnes of live bombs. Experts say a structural collapse could trigger an explosion that would cause a metre-high tidal wave.
We speak to historian Colin Harvey, a resident of the Isle of Sheppey, which would be devastated by such a blast from the past.
More: the story of the SS Richard Montgomery is told in Colin's documentary film 'The Wreck'.
Freedom of Information request - SS Richard Montgomery's condition and cargo contents.
Video - Wrecks Around Britain.
In it, he goes deep into the bowels of a bunker being built at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Finland, an attempt at a final solution to the problem of their nuclear waste.
The film takes the form of a message to future inhabitants who might happen to stumble across the facility, telling them about this place, if only to keep them away.
That’s because it’s a facility that needs to last for as long as the nuclear waste is toxic – about 100,000 years.
Into Eternity - Trailer
Urban explorer Martijn Zegwaard grew up in the ‘new’ Dutch town of Almere – like him, it’s just 33 years old – which may explain his fascination with history. View photos.
He visits abandoned buildings across the world and takes photos of the faded glory he finds inside.
Martijn tells host Marnie Chesterton why he risks life and limb to record a snapshot of people’s past lives.
Dom and Celeste were living their dream in Australia’s bush, an hour away from Melbourne.
They’d built their own home and relished bringing up their young family in Strathewen.
But the summer of 2009 was sweltering. Temperatures rose and suddenly the inevitable happened, the bush was ablaze, moving at a ferocious speed through the valley and up onto the hillsides.
Their community was annihilated and 30 people died.
Celeste did what she did best and made a film called Then the Wind Changed, a documentary about their family and community’s recovery.
The couple speak frankly to Marnie about their decision to stay and rebuild their lives. View photos.