The story in text and pictures

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1.100,000 labourers built the pyramids. They were slaves. Peasants forced into service by the Pharaohs. With their labour, they founded the fame of the kings, like so many others before and since. The Taj Mahal in Northern India was built by slaves who were executed after completing their work, not to reveal construction secrets to other rulers.

 

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2.In today’s Denmark, construction companies purchase the labour of workers, who have only that to sell. They build skyscrapers in concrete and glass. In Persia, underpaid workers built the Eiffel Tower of Tehran in honour of the Shah. With oil money.

 

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3.In Tvind in Jutland, workers, teachers and students build their own power station for their own schools - the world’s largest windmill, with their own money. They build it together, for the sake of natural energy, for the sake of human society, against slavery, monopolization and nuclear power.

 

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4.There have been lots of difficulties. From the very beginning we could count on them. Ever since we gathered, 400 people, to cut the first sod, digging together with shovels and spoons, we have faced problems. And each day, the joy of solving them has been greater than the day before. By now we are really enthusiastic about them, because we have discovered that it is through solving these difficulties that we move forward.

 

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5.This is a crucial and very valuable experience. We were brought up in a society that tried to teach us that harmony is happiness and that harmony is achieved through absolute adaptation to the prevailing conditions. The ideal is thus the fully adapted person in complete harmony

 

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6.So when we started building the power plant, we were sometimes scared, such as the first time we discovered that we had made a wrong calculation. Twice as much concrete was needed than what we had first calculated. That meant that we could not afford to buy ready-made concrete from the nearby mixing plant.

 

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7.We solved the problem together. We held a meeting and found out that we could mix the concrete ourselves. It would cost half the price. But it would also take twice as much time, unless we happened to have a very large concrete mixer. We found one at a very cheap price. Because our society was in crisis, the means of production could be bought cheaply.

 

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8.We had gotten into difficulties and were having problems. But we were able to solve them together - and this gave us a strength that can never be bought from others. A strength created by us, the ordinary people, when we organize together and build our own world.

 

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9.We had heard about such experiences from a number of countries around the world, for example from China, but now we learned from our own experience that it held true: Human beings are able to do anything when they unite to create their common future. No problem, no obstacles are too large for a united group of people.

 

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10.You can see it in the pictures. Every day, for half a year, the twenty of us have been running back and forth with steel, with concrete, with messages, with coffee and with visitors. We have become comrades in the struggle both with nature and with the forces of society.

 

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11.Nature is represented by the wind, while the forces of society are planning nuclear power plants, motorways, military bases and more dehumanizing structures around us. While we were binding the first steel, the Industry Board was discussing where to place the first nuclear power plant in Denmark. We took part in the discussion: in writing, by speaking out and by continuing to bind the steel.

 

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12.While we were discussing how to reinforce the foundation of the cone over a cup of coffee in the summer heat, sweaty after binding steel in the sun, experts were planning the media campaign for ELSAM’s drive for nuclear power. We could read it in the papers the next day, together with a picture and a large article about our work and our opinions about energy.

 

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13.While the experts from F.L. Schmidt advised us against trying to cast the tower without their expensive assistance, their so-called wind power expert abused us over the phone, calling us "you who are destroying the cause of wind power by trying to build a windmill". We answered back by expanding the windmill group with 7 more people

 

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14.While boards of directors of one foundation after the other, state or private, nosed through our applications to find the smallest reason to say no, no and again no to support our work, ordinary people flocked to the building site from all over the country. To see, to talk, and to tell us their thoughts about energy.

 

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15.And while Danish state television again and again gave broadcasting time to the revelations of the Minister of Commerce about the blessings of nuclear power, every week at least 500 people confided to the windmill team and the students at the schools that everyone is in favour of wind power and that only upper-class people want nuclear power.
"It is the Government and the whole industry who want all this nuclear stuff, because they want to profit from it. That's why."
So we continue to build, supported by the common view, the opinion of the many people in Denmark.

 

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16.You can see us in the pictures. With our hands, sweat, laughter and a growing comradeship we haul, push, groan, cast and win in the struggle to build the windmill and ourselves. The windmill from gravel, cement, water and steel, ourselves from thoughtfulness, debate, arguments and resounding unity.

 

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17.We grew away from the lack of confidence that ordinary people like us can do such a thing as building a large wind power station, our fear of the materials, our ignorance of the laws of physics and the true extent of the forces of nature, our lack of knowledge of even the most elementary concepts of the technological world, this fragmented, split world of experts that no one today can overview, and our habitual thinking about the ability of girls to build anything at all.

 

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18.At first the hole was dug. Then the steel was bound. The concrete mixed and poured around it. The foot of the tower slowly completed. And then one day we were gliding upwards, leaving the tower beneath us. Metre by metre, hour by hour and after 22 days we reached the very top. This was where the wings would be, at this height. Yes.  From here they would turn, round and round.

 

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19.When the weather was fine, that is to say when a fresh wind was blowing, we could see the ocean and all our neighbours. We were also able to see the schools, where 500 students were working with history, with the future and with each other. And the buses they have traveled in, to Africa and Asia and the Americas. And the fields they are cultivating and the theater where they dance and play. It was a very fine view.

 

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20.We continued building until the end, until the beginning. The wings have started turning and the production of electricity increases every month while neighbours gather, ask questions, get answers and are served their tea.


In the government, they are preparing a proposal for nuclear power plants. It will soon be put forward. Maybe we cannot stop them. But we are many people who are learning that united, we can change anything. Even if the next tower must be built to reach the sky.