A Facebook post by the Braidwood Museum has gone viral with 1677 shares, reaching over 112,606 people. Braidwood Historical Society committee Member John Stahel found this small article about the dangers of coal consumption while trawling through some old copies of the Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal from 17th July 1912. #UPDATE The Post has now had 2034 shares and has reached over 180,000 people.
The brief article read...
“COAL CONSUMPTION AFFECTING CLIMATE.
The furnaces of the world are now burning about 2,000,000,000 tons of coal a year. When this is burned, uniting with oxygen, it adds about 7,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere yearly. This tends to make the air a more effective blanket for the earth and to raise its temperature. The effect may be considerable in a few centuries.”
Mr Stahel said “ The original newspapers are owned by the Braidwood and District Historical Society. They are kept safely in the National Library in Canberra and have been scanned into 'Trove' Can there be any doubt that it is a valuable resource worthy of continued funding?”
“The Braidwood Museum really does have an amazing archive” said My Stahel. “The most common comment has been 'Wow' with my personal favourite "Tip of the hat Braidwood 1912 Wag of the finger Canberra 2016."