“Jamestown Will Be Lost”: Climate Change Threatens To Drown Historic Colony

Jamestown, Virginia More than 400 years after the first European settlers arrived, Jamestown, Virginia, is struggling to survive the ravages of climate change.

“We’re concerned that if we don’t act, Jamestown will be lost,” said Elizabeth Kostelny, who runs Preservation Virginia, the nonprofit that oversees the colony’s original 22 acres along the James River.

Kostelny, who is racing to save it from rising waters, said America would lose “part of its soul” if the site sinks.

“Jamestown is incredibly important,” she told CBS News. “It tells a national story about the beginnings of our perseverance, our democracy and our race relations.”

The Jamestown Colony introduced representative government to the New World. It was here that Pocahontas married John Rolfe. And it remains a site of archaeological history, hidden and waiting to be discovered. Kostelny said he receives items of importance at the site “every single day”.

David Givens, director of archeology at Jamestown Rediscovery, told CBS News, “Jamestown ranks supreme in terms of world heritage. It’s a place in our minds where you can sand down sea level rise, climate change and cultural heritage.” draw a line.”

Jamestown races to save the colony from climate change


That line in the sand begins with lining the river’s 1904 seawall with 96,000 tons of granite to help withstand the force of the ever-strengthening storms.

The river’s water level has risen by more than 18 inches in the last century. The so-called 100-year storms now occur every five years. But the biggest threat to Jamestown isn’t the rising river. It is a quagmire that is literally swallowing up history as it rises.

“we have [water] From both sides, down, up. Michael Levin, who is leading Jamestown’s fight against climate change, told CBS News, “We’re under attack from all sides.” To actually save Jamestown.”

Saving the site to prevent this American treasure from being swept away will require raising hundreds of millions of dollars over the next five years.

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