‘Jamestown will be lost’: Climate change threatens to sink historic colony


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

“If we don’t take action, I fear that Jamestown will be lost,” said Elizabeth, who runs the Virginia Conservation, a nonprofit that oversees the colony’s original 22 acres along the James River. Kostelny said.

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

“Jamestown is incredibly important,” she told CBS News. “It’s a national story about our tenacity, our democracy, the beginning of race relations.”

The colony of Jamestown marked the beginning of representative government in the New World. It is also where Pocahontas married John Rolfe. And it’s a site of archaeological history, hidden and waiting to be unearthed. Kostelny said he finds important things at the site “every day.”

“Jamestown is the best in terms of World Heritage. This place is where you draw lines in the sand about rising sea levels, climate change and cultural heritage,” said David Givens, director of archeology at Jamestown Rediscovery. told CBS News.

Jamestown Races to Protect Colony from Climate Change


That line in the sand began in 1904 with reinforcing the seawall with 96,000 tons of granite along the riverbanks to help fend off the increasing forces of storms.

The river has risen over 18 inches in the last century. The so-called 100-year storm he occurs every five years. But the biggest threat to Jamestown isn’t rising water. It’s a swamp that literally devours history as it grows.

“we have [water] From both sides, from below, from above. Michael Rabin, who leads Jamestown’s fight against climate change, told CBS News. To really save Jamestown. ”

Preserving this site will require tens of millions of dollars over the next five years to keep this American treasure from drifting away.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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