School children drew their local post-nuclear future, Fessenheim, France

In December 2020 and January 2021, a group of school children was invited to reflect on the issues of energy transition and the decommissioning of the nuclear power plant of their town, Fessenheim. The two-days event “Transition énergétique: défis citoyens” was organized by the interest organization “La Nef des sciences” in collaboration with the artist Laurence Mellinger, the Kunsthalle of Mulhouse with Elise Alloin and Emma Werler, and the researcher Téva Meyer from the CRESAT at the University of Haute-Alsace. Researcher Florence Fröhlig from the Atomic Heritage team participated online. On December 7, after some sensibilization activities, the pupils were invited to draw the nuclear power plant and imagine what the site would look like when the nuclear power plant has been dismantled. On January 26, the pupils and the artists and researchers discussed the imagined local post-nuclear futures as they took shape in the children’s drawings, and in a next step the drawings will be exposed in the Secondary School of Fessenheim.

Photo credits: La Nef des sciences