Flooding in Upland and the End of the World

Recently, the United Nations published a report about climate change, warning the world of the potentially irreversible damage the phenomenon might cause if we don't radically change our actions (http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/). That report has been on my mind for a few weeks because it feels like I am going to graduate college just as the world is ending. But, this week I was listening to an interview with Elizabeth A. Craig-Klusman. In the interview she was describing the disastrous floods in Upland in 1938. It must have seemed like the world was going to end! Maybe (and this is the most optimistic version of myself speaking) climate change will just be a momentary emergency in our lifetime and sometime in the near future we will have changed the way we interact with the world and the people on it. If it isn't, we might look back at the time in our lives as a time characterized by endless and wasteful consumption.