How This High Schooler Got a NASA Job Mapping Climate Change | NowThis

– My journey to NASA really started when I was in elementary school. the words climate change
and really the first time I began to understand what impact humans could have on really the world around us. My name is Liza Goldberg,
I am 17 years old, and a senior in high school. And for the past four
years I’ve been working at NASA to monitor global
mangrove loss and its drivers. [In middle school,] I started
doing a science fair project in my backyard. I planted
eight red maple saplings, put eight open top experimental field warming chambers around the trees. And basically what those chambers do is they simulate climate change by trapping sunlight around
the saplings themselves. And that warms the
saplings a couple degrees. And I tried to test the carbon fluxes and how climate change would
impact the carbon exchange of red maple saplings in the future. I entered that project
into a local science fair and there there actually happened to be a judge who worked at NASA Goddard. And I think he saw how really
obsessed I was with my field, how in love I was with
environmental science. And he offered me an internship at NASA. My day starts at 4:00 in the morning. I drive to swim practice
and I swim with my team for about an hour and a half. I then run home and I get dressed really quickly and eat breakfast. Ready? Yeah. I go to school, and go through all of my classes until about noon. And at noon I actually
have the opportunity to leave school early
and go to work at NASA. And after that I’m just kind of working in my office, I write a
lot of papers, I code. After I finish at NASA it’s about usually 6:30 or 7:00 at
night, and I go home, I eat dinner, I do my
homework, and then I go to bed. I’m taking five AP classes right now. And by the time I finish high school I will have probably taken 14 or 15. Mangroves are coastal forests found around the equator, around the world. And they’re really valuable
for coastal communities in particular because
they’re able to use a lot of the natural resources that
mangroves are able to provide, like firewood, for example, for shelter. mangroves provide a lot
of coastal protection in cases of hurricanes
and extreme weather. And in some cases those
mangrove loss rates are actually higher than that of even rainforests or coral reefs, which we typically associate
with really large scale losses. In a lot of cases those losses
are due to sea level rise. So when sea levels rise, the mangroves have to migrate inland. And so our maps are able
to tell stakeholders where the sea level rise
has happened in the past so they know where it’s
likely to occur in the future. So what we’re doing now is using my maps that essentially tell
people where sea level rise is occurring and where
those settlements are. We’re able to advise the
Everglades Foundation and other stakeholders as
to the most pressing regions for conservation and
restoration in the future. – When Liza came in I think it was really a breath of fresh air because, you know, you’re really kind of thinking about the details of what you’re doing. You’re always like, oh I
have to do this little step to get my data product this much better, or to advance the science by so much. But Liza came in with like a fresh mind. And she’s like, you know, I
wanna make this global map, and this global model of
mangrove vulnerability. And the first thing that we thought was, And then she started working on it, and then she kept making progress. And I was like, oh wow, she’s
like actually gonna do it. (upbeat music) – I think when I first came into NASA I was pretty intimidated. People are, I think,
sometimes at the beginning a little bit skeptical of that
kid doing all of the science. But, I think, through talking to them, through collaborating with them, through talking to them
just like an equal, they’ve been able to kind of
reconcile that themselves. – She helps us with a lot of our problems that we have, actually. She’s probably the most
advanced person in my lab at using the software
that she uses right now. – You walk into these
huge conference halls, dozens of talks all around you, and you sit, and you listen
to these amazing scientists doing really groundbreaking work. And then it’s your turn
to go up and speak, and you start thinking to yourself, you know, what right do
I have to get up here and say what I’ve been working on. Most people are familiar
with imposter syndrome, especially for women and
girls in the sciences, but for me it’s kind of multiplied by 100. Because being the only girl in the room or being the only high
schooler in the room is difficult to kind of recognize that your opinions have value, your
research has value as well. Because we don’t have
all of the experience of college degrees and doctorates, then We haven’t been limited by what
professors have told us yet. All we know is what we’ve researched and the papers we’ve read on our own. – I think having that youth can help because it means that
you’re not limited by some of the limitations
that we as adults put in. Sometimes we forget the big picture. Like we forget what it is that we’re kind of working towards. – You’ll always find people
who will laugh at your ideas. I’ve had plenty of those people. Or kind of call it silly or crazy for you to be undertaking something, some big dream that you have. But I would say, don’t
let them get to you, don’t be intimidated by that. Because the only thing
that’s really limiting you is just your own passion and the amount of time
that you spend on it.

Comments 71

  • Because it's not a real job. It's why they have highschool girls greet you at a restaurant. There's very little they can f*ck up. All you have to know is the leftist narrative that you're all dead in 12years unless you pay a hefty carbon tax.

  • Sean Hannity told me Climate Change was created by George Soros to help sway opinion about Transgender bathrooms.

  • how much do you pay her

  • what a beautiful person

  • At least their taking action

  • I'm excited! The work on tracking mangroves she is doing is crucial to climate change and prevention – as valuable as work on trees in general. Thank-you Liza! (From Lisa)

  • Dead in 11 years. Why would she waste her youth on a lost cause? She's not going to have children. She's got no future on the planet. She'll tell us how many forests we've lost on our way to oblivion. 12 … 11 years. What will she be in 11 years? Dead like all the rest of us.

  • Wow. Impressed. You know the US messed up when I can say that this 17-year old would defiantly make a better president by FAR. The current occupant of the white house is not even close to her level of maturity, discipline, time-management, complex reasoning and data-driven decisions. Like if she was running against the Dotard I would encourage patriotic voter fraud just to be on the safe side. How do you manage to have half of the worlds geniuses and Nobel laureates and yet you elect…the most tacky vulgar idiots ?

  • Taking five AP classes AND interning at NASA, while also implementing a sport inbetween that, is just amazing. She's got a great head on her shoulders and a dedication you don't see too often these days. Kudos Liza! Stay strong and keep thriving! โœŠ๐Ÿป

  • oh the conservatives are gonna rage on this one ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Hope that is a paid internship.

  • GO, LIZA, GO!! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • I got a Trump advertisement before this…

  • How I dont really care. Lol

  • When girl very nice your scientist I like it so so too much hard working and good luck best of God bless you I hope better than future

  • Brilliant and very impressive. Way to go!

  • You're amazing! Continue this awesome work mademoiselle!

  • โ€œAnd, of course, there are the more than 31,000 American scientists (to date) who have signed a petition challenging the climate change narrative and 9,029 of them hold PhDs in their respective fields. But hey, Al Gore and his cronies have also ignored that inconvenient truth, as well.โ€

  • Wondering if they filmed the part where they show mangroves in Suriname…

  • she's a white woman … duh

  • She is awesome. Hands down.

  • Geez… I'm older than her. Now I feel bad for doing nothing.

  • Wow shes awesome. Way to go…!

  • Girl, "sleep is important" — that's the only thing you have to change on your mindset.
    You won't feel it now because you're young.
    But it surely will take its toll on you as you grow older.

  • Why are you all here? You all died in the 2000s to the previous "climate crisis" afters your parents died to the "crisis" b4 that in the 70s, but hey i guess Dunning Kruger drives psychotic.

  • She 17? She look so much older and she so smart it's just really cool, great for her!

  • Wait, why there's so many red dots in the Caribbean lol

  • Global warming is a hoax and a myth global warming is not happening especially here in the United states global warming is not happening.

    There's not even any scientific evidence to prove global warming the science is just isn't their there is absolutely no scientific evidence.

  • She's badas

  • That's nothing I know a 16 year old who stood before the UN and told them "how dare you! So step up your game little missy.

  • But did we really go to the moon?

  • I work at Goddard in the Earth Sciences Division, doing IT support for the data archive group. I wonder if I've come across this young woman at any time??

  • Geez she makes me feel not smart ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

  • Meanwhile there's the deniers and FOX huffers that would scream "IT"S NOT REAL, SHE's A PUPPET!"…. Well guess what, this brilliant 17-year old has been working for NASA for 4 years and is probably getting paid much better than you are.
    Get out of your trailer and study something for once you climate deniers

  • She looks much older than 17, wow.

  • lol. How much fuel to lunch a rocket?
    How much natural resources does NASA consume per year alone? HOW DARE U LIZA???

  • maybe she can bully mexico or china, the biggest polluters in the world? NO? She's only going to bully white countries?! YOU DON'T SAY!!!

  • Conspiracy theorists:
    " 4:10 we secretly caught a shapeshifting Lizard person…"

  • This is what they mean when they say kids are the future of the world.

  • Amazing! This is so very inspiring! Fills me with the wish to waste less time, on behalf of something important.

  • Talking about opportunities, not every one who study hard for five AP classes can get intern in NASA..the media only report those who got the opportunity… and how about those researchers and scientists who work for the climate change from other institutions? Unbalanced report like usual..

  • Your gonna go far girl. Gonna retire early at this rate and enjoy retirement and youth at the same time.

  • Who puts a thumbs down on something like this?!

  • This honestly make no sense do to so many people doing the same sort of thing and only one person out of the nowhere get the spot light. Sound like they decided to pick random person or she come from rich family.

  • Amazing what shes doing. As an Alumnus of the high school shes attending, i can assure you they have provided her the greatest opportunity to grow beyond her means and challenge her to do more. Best of luck to you my fellow Raider!!

  • Thanks for a great story to show our grandchildren


  • My tax dollars are going to someone to indulge in their beliefs. WOW!.

  • She has no family problems at all.

  • Meanwhile other teenage want to be a influencer ๐Ÿ™„

  • Between her and Billie Eilish I feel about as bad as I can feel as almost reaching 30.

  • Global
    warming is a Win Win for the Right.

    If conservatives are Right and Global Warming is a Hoax, The the Earth will do just fine.

    If Conservatives are Wrong and the Earth is about to go Extinct, then sleep well knowing the Earth took out the left too!

  • More content like this pls, ty

  • She's going to be some corporation's obedient slave one day, mark my word. Raytheon has dips on her I see.

  • she may work for NASA, but can she afford an apartment ?

  • Sheโ€™s set for the rest of her life ๐Ÿ”ญ๐Ÿ˜‡

  • Guess what? We live on an ever changing, ever evolving planet! And the climate will always change. Nothing to do with a problem or a crisis. Living things will always come and go. Itโ€™s called nature.

  • Good point!

  • "IF" only this type of collaboration was applied to everybody then "School" is not necessary just Libraries would replace "Institution" aka (college) First:Question "School" aka (college) then READ! "Weapons of mass instructions" or "the underground history of America education" by John Taylor gatto…his legacy will live through all of us.

  • Sea level rise is global, so the fact that she can draw a map showing some areas threatened and others not shows she is not measuring sea level rise.

    So either she is looking at subsidence, the land is going down not the sea up, or some effect unrelated to sea level.

  • Hiring her , is a waste of tax pairs money !

  • I thought she was high

  • Another video that told me how useless I am…haha…her future is secured.

  • I am truly amazed that the alarmists have been able to maintain this hoax for so long even with a fully compliant media. It serves as an example of just what can be accomplished with endless propaganda. To date, there is absolutely not one iota of scientific evidence that the trace greenhouse gas CO2 is the predominant driver of climate change. All one has to do is just expend a minimal effort to investigate the dramatic climate change that has occurred during just the last 15,000 years. The extreme temperature changes that occurred over decades (not millennia) should be enough to convince even the most ardent believer that something is not right. Sounds like this young lady will be the one finally expose it for what it is. I wish her well and hope she doesn't get corrupted as so many have. Knowledge is power.

  • NASA
    has totally lost all objectivity regarding "climate change". Since Hansen and Gore they have had to accept the "settled" conclusion and work back to the "evidence".

  • And to think around the world so much brain power is not found and harnessed. So happy they found this girl.

  • A real life Supergirl! Thank goodness sheโ€™s using her brain for good, instead of personal use or greed๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • They set the bar lower because she is a woman, all companies do that because else they can't reach their wahmen quotas.

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