What This One Ring Tells Us About Climate Change

Talk about a canary in a coal mine. Elizabeth Clark lost her Howard Payne University class ring in 1954 after a picnic in Lake Nasworthy in Texas. She and her future husband searched for it at the time without luck. Clark gave up hope of finding it until now. The reason why it appeared surely gives us pause about future climate change.

You see, drought had diminished the lake leaving the ring in sight. The alumni association had found the ring sitting in the lake bed six decades later. Clark was overjoyed. Her daughter said:

She cried, she was just couldn’t believe it. This was like the highlight of her life.

We’re happy for Elizabeth Clark, but can’t help but wonder if this doesn’t foreshadow troubling times ahead.