About Danielle

You’ve reached the online home of ‘Free-Range Mom’ and pro-kid activist Danielle Meitiv.

I’m a scientist, writer, and parent of kids who roam. In 2015, my family was in the news (A LOT) because we let our kids explore our Maryland neighborhood without adult supervision. The authorities didn’t like that, but we fought back and we won.  The state Department of Health and Human Services not only dropped the charges against us, they changed their policies, saying that allowing children to walk alone is not neglectful.

Now I’m taking on another battle, one that is even more important for our children – the fight to ban the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” for natural gas. Fracking causes dangerous air and water pollution, which threaten our kids’ health and safety – you can’t be a free-range kid if your air and water are too polluted to breathe, drink, and enjoy!

Interested in free-range parenting or the fight against fracking?  Come say Hi on Twitter (@daniellemeitiv) and connect on with me on Facebook here. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Details about our ordeal can be found here.

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35 thoughts on “About Danielle

  1. pelagian7

    How much co2 and other greenhouse gasses did Krakatoa eject 1883. For me to understand, it would be useful to compare it to our daily output. Did the ash from that eruption acidify the oceans?

    Curious, Pelagian7

    1. Hi Pelagian7

      Thanks for your comment and question.

      Leavitt (1982) estimated annual CO2 emissions for the period of 1800 to 1969 (including Krakatoa in 1883) to be 1.5 · 10 (−11) moles CO2 yr−1. This input is well below man’s current CO2 production of 4–5 · 10 (−14) moles CO2 yr−1. T.M.Gerlach (1991, AGU) estimated that annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions exceed annual volcanic CO2 emissions by at least 150 times.

      Volcanic eruptions have the net effect of cooling the planet. When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it ejected CO2 into the atmosphere along with a lot of ash. The ash reflected the sun’s incoming radiation, cooling the planet so much that 1883 was known as “the year without a summer” – in Europe! [Correction: It was the eruption of the Indonesian volcano Mt. Tambora in 1815 that resulted in the “year without a summer” in Europe.] The cooling effect of eruptions is so significant that without the influence of such eruptions as El Chichon (1982) and Mt. Pinatubo (1991), current greenhouse warming would be even greater.

      Re-ocean acidification: the amount of CO2 was far less than current emissions and easily absorbed into the oceans without any measurable acidifying effect.

      Thanks again for asking!

      Leavitt, 1982. Annual volcanic carbon dioxide emission: An estimate from eruption chronologies. Environmental geology, 4(1):15-21, DOI: 10.1007/BF02380495, http://www.springerlink.com/content/631t022372116213/

  2. elissa

    Love ur stories about urself, you last name and ur science- u are so smart! (The whole coming up w the last name before raffi was born- I don’t know why more people don’t do that- I had never thought of it-but think its a brilliant idea- as for ur science- speechless-

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  32. Susan

    Hello,
    My name is Susan Hieter and I am currently teaching marine science on Guam in the Pacific at a private school. I am planning on opening a marine science center July 2012 on the island of Aruba in the Caribbean. I am still in the planning stages of this endeavor. The center will be working with a local dive shop, JADS dive center: http://www.jadsaruba.com/index.html. My plan is to offer the local school students and teachers a place to come to reinforce their science curriculum, to do teacher workshops/university courses for local teachers and international teachers and to provide certifications in coral watch, REEF, reefcheck and other diving courses for anyone. I am also interested in having a close relationship/connection with worldwide marine conservation organizations or other educational organizations.
    I need to build some resources as in marine science books (English and Dutch), posters, samples, etc. If anyone has any other suggestions or wanting to help me with this endeavor, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am also looking for any donors or sponsors that would like to take on this endeavor with me. Thank you so much for your support.
    Susan Hieter
    JADS Dive Center
    Attn: JP Fang and Susan Hieter
    Seroe Colorado 245E
    Baby Beach
    San Nicolas, Aruba “Dutch Caribbean”

    Susan Hieter
    St. Johns School of Guam
    911 N. Marine Corps Dr.
    Tumon, GU 96913

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