Generations of Chernobyl

When people hear the word Chernobyl, they tend to think of a moment in time – but Chernobyl is a place that exists now, in our world, today. Many of those most affected by the accident still live in the nearby city of Slavutych, and many more still work at the power plant in various roles. The full impact of what transpired in 1986 is still being assessed, and the health of many of the locals is in decline, propped up desperately by insufficient government subsidies that struggle to provide care for those that need it most. In 2019, the questions of containment, decontamination, and nuclear waste storage are still being asked. Chernobyl is a crucial study to determining our nuclear future, but critically, it’s place in the psyche of our present has to be examined first.