Is climate change a modern thing?
A change in our [Virginia] climate is taking place very sensibly. Both heats and colds are becoming much more moderate within the memory even of the middle-aged. Snows are less frequent and less deep. They do not often lie, below the mountains, more than, one, two, or three days, and very rarely a week. They are remembered to have been formerly frequent, deep, and of long continuance. The elderly inform me, the earth used to be covered with snow about three months in every year. The rivers, which then seldom failed to freeze over in the course of the winter, scarcely ever do so now.
Notes on Virginia, 1782, 1324
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
For such a prolific writer, between 15-20,000 letters by some accounts, Jefferson completed only one book, Notes on Virginia. While it contains some comments about government and social issues, it is primarily a compilation of facts about the natural history or science of Virginia. At that time, his native state extended all the way west to the Mississippi River.
This work began when Jefferson was 38, as a private answer to a French inquiry for information about Virginia. There was enough interest in the subject that he greatly expanded his original work, and it was published in several forms over the next few years.
Climate may change. Thomas Jefferson does not.
His leadership and wisdom have relevance for your 21st century audience.
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