The Liberation of Europe & Canada – DOL

 

What?

The liberation of Europe officially occurred when Germany surrendered, almost ending the Second World War. Canadians played an important role in the overall liberation of Europe, specifically, Canada took a major part in D-Day, the liberation of Rome, Belgium, and most notably, the liberation of the Netherlands.

Who?

The liberation of Europe affected everyone in Europe and essentially everyone in the world. Canadians played an important role in the overall liberation of Europe along with the help of allies such as America and Great Britain. Canada most notably freed the Dutch of Nazi Germany. 

Where?

The liberation of Europe (by the help of Canadians) occurred in the Netherlands, Italy, Normandy, and Belgium.

When?

The liberation of Sicily occurred in 1943, and the mass liberation of Belgium and the Netherlands occurred after D-Day, which occurred in June of 1944. The Germans had officially surrendered to Canada on May 5, 1945, and the entire liberation of Europe occurred on May 8, 1945.

Why?

Canadians originally went to war to support France and Britain, however, after Normandy, they decided to carry on through Netherlands and Belgium. The Netherlands and Belgium had all resources (food, first aid, clothing, etc.) cut off by the Germans, leading to mass starvation in both countries. After D-Day, Canadians carried on west to eventually get to Germany, while freeing both the Netherlands and Belgium, all while Britain and the United States focused on the rest of Italy and France. 

Historical Perspective:

Overall, the liberation of Europe may not have been possible without the help of Canadians, who sent more soldiers than the US per capita. The liberation was viewed by Canadians as a bright light at the end of the tunnel, as many Canadians were sent to war with little experience in the army, and with Canadian forces having very few modern warfare technologies. The lack of time before going into war put lots of stresses on Canadians, as many women needed to step in for jobs of men at war. In addition, it wasn’t only Canada that Canadians needed to suscreen-shot-2018-06-12-at-5-45-16-pmpply for, they also needed to supply for Britain, putting in a total of three billion dollars towards British forces. Part of these expenses went into building Lancaster bombs (seen on the right).
Not only was the liberation a relief from economic stress, rather, it was a time for personal stress. With 63% of Canada’s immigrants being European in 1931, many relatives may have been living in highly affected countries, such as Poland, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria. After liberation, information was given to families who had relatives living in affected countries. This news was incredible for some, however; it was terrible for others. 

Continuity and Change

The Liberation of Europe changed Canada’s political and social relationships for many years to come.   After the war, many Europeans had moved to Canada as an escape from now communistic governments. New immigration was great for Canada, as immigration had come to an (almost) halt during the war. Canada’s particularscreen-shot-2018-06-12-at-6-00-32-pm involvement in the liberation of the Netherlands built very strong ties, as Canada not only helped save millions of lives, Canada also welcomed and protected the royal family of the Netherlands at the time. The Dutch royals had immigrated to Ottawa after realizing that England was still unsafe from the Germans. After the war, the Royals had sent Canada 100,000 tulip bulbs as a sign of gratitude. To this day, the Netherlands send Canada 10,000 tulip bulbs each year, and Canada holds a tulip festival to showcase the loyal relationship between the two countries.

Historical Significance

During the liberation of the Netherlands and Belgium, Canada needed to make the autonomous jump of taking the lead. Canada went intoscreen-shot-2018-06-12-at-7-12-51-pm the war being relatively under-experienced and under-equipped, however; Canada took the risk, knowing that the freeing of the Netherlands and Belgium was a clear path to defeating Germany. While the allies such as the United States and Britain were clearing the rest of Europe of German Nazis. Canada was originally sent to war to fight for/with Britain, however; after D-Day, it was evident to Canadians that they were able to take on the big challenge of the Netherlands and Belgium. This was a huge sign to the rest of the world (particularly Great Britain and the United States) that Canada can take risks, which further built trust politically and economically. After the liberation of the Netherlands, many events had unfolded, which eventually lead to the overall liberation of Europe.

It’s up to you, but… DoL

I’m not gonna lie, I love the idea of confederation. I’m a thoughtful person and I always have Newfoundland’s ideals at the front of my mind. Growing up here, it was evident that we’re sort of isolated from the rest of Canada, and we fend for ourselves most of the time. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing, but, there’s no harm in some security, growth, and a powerful voice. Confederation would only do good for us, but as a considerate man, it’s up to you, the Newfoundland-ians to make this happen, not I, Frederick Carter.

Newfoundland is rich with resources. We’ve got everything from gold to fish, yet, we’re using it all for ourselves. It’s been working for us well since forever, but isn’t it time for a change? Confederating with Canada would change the way economics works for us. Europeans will be voyaging over to Canada for trade and politics, Newfoundland could be their first stop overseas! We would be their first opportunity for trade and settling, and with our huge variety of resources, we would be extremely successful. We would then have a greater voice in mainland politics, giving us more opportunity. We shouldn’t be greedy with our resources, we should use them for the greater good!

It’s no secret that America is stronger, bigger, and older than us, and it’s no secret that America wants our beautiful land and unlimited resources. Simply put; the odds are not in our favour. Unionizing with Canada would bring us protection with a military and other sources. Although we would have to return the favour in tax, active trade with Europe can make up for it! America is a hungry, threatening bear that we can only fight against with more people, who happen to be our helpful neighbours. 

Growing up in this beautiful land of Newfoundland, I have noticed that we’re quite introverted from the mainland. Why should we isolate ourselves from other strong, passionate, resourceful, and kind people? Confederating with Canada would allow us to use more of their resources, and thus grow communities. Trust me, I’ve met them before, and they’re all trusting and loyal! Our voices would be heard, and making changes your passionate about would be very possible. Together, we all could trade, travel, and grow as one.

Confederating with Canada would do so much good, however; I am only one man with an opinion. It’s up to you Newfoundland to decide our destiny, whether it be introverted or extroverted. I have high hopes for our beautiful colony, and whatever your decision, we will thrive.

Autobiography Check In

  1. “Introverted does not mean shy- introverts can be very effective in public forums”.
  • This quote is a highlight to me because I personally relate to it. I consider myself introverted in some circumstances, especially in new public forums. Personally, I find being introverted in a public forum an advantage, because I’m able to quietly observe others (not in a creepy way) and find out subjects they like to discuss and how they react to certain things.
  • This book was published in 2015, and as of 2015, this quote closely relates to Canadian identity. Canadians are known around the world for being quiet, distant people. However; our quiet place in the world has benefitted us greatly in world discussions. When political issues first arise, Canada stands back, observes, and takes the time to think through the situation and react accordingly, unlike our southern neighbors.

2. “Harper had already realized that the route to power did not necessarily involve climbing through the ranks. Working your way into the inner circles of the powerful was the swifter and surer method”.

  • Currently, I am training to be a lifeguard. Although completion of courses and work experience is mandatory in order to get a job, the easiest way to actually score a job is through inner circles with those who are already lifeguards or managers. My sister is a lifeguard, and she’s been taking me along to recreation events, where she introduces me to her managers and fellow peers, the same way her lifeguard friends did to her. That way, when I finally complete all the courses, scoring a lifeguarding job may be less competitive (if I made a good impression…)
  • Canada has a history of being allies with powerful countries, such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and of course, the United Kingdom. Because of this, Canada itself has become very powerful against other countries, giving us a bigger voice in advocating for world peace.

3. “All his life, Stephen Harper has resisted taking orders from other people. Starting with his professors”.

  • I found this quote interesting and surprising. Stephen Harper was a very intelligent and academically talented person, yet, he was successful underneath his own will, not under the pressure of his professors or parents. This is surprising, as successful students tend to be very prudent, rather, Stephen did was he felt was needed for himself and for the time being.
  • As mentioned before, Canada is quite introverted compared to the rest of the world, but we are still pretty self-opinionated during political issues. We have very close ties with the United Kingdom, so we tend not to go against their morals (as they’re very similar to ours), however; we’ve been growing further apart from America in the past two years. Since Trump has been elected, we’ve grown further away from America’s morals, and have become more distant. This shows that even after years of a loyal alliance, our different morals may steer us apart.

4. “He was very self-absorbed, I would say he’s self-absorbed by two things. One is himself and the other is: ‘Am I doing the right thing? Am I doing the thing that I should be doing?'”

  • This quote stood out to me because I found it confusing at first, but later on, completely understood it. Stephen was self-absorbed with himself, but he was also obsessed with his future, and how he was going to turn out. I personally relate to this sometimes, I talk about myself and my paranoia quite frequently, leaving me unknowingly self-absorbed.
  • This quote relates to Canada as a whole, and how it takes its actions. Canada is very self-absorbed, as its priority is to keep its citizens and environment safe and healthy. In addition, it’s self-absorbed by the constant fear of getting things right and doing them right. Canada doesn’t take many risks, as it’s self-absorbed in making sure it does the right thing.

5. “But if Harper was lost, he was prepared to stay lost until he found himself on his terms. In the meantime, he’d bring people coffee.”

  • This quote shows how determined Stephen was to not waste time. Unlike many politicians, Stephen did not spend his entire life studying, rather, he was simply an intellect who was determined to find his passion and give it 100%. I found this quote inspiring and unique, as I’m always told to try everything and never hold back, when sometimes, that’s what’s essential.
  • Relating to quote four, Canada is known to be very cautious about the actions it takes, in order to keep the world and specifically Canada safe. Although Canada does not always stand out in political issues, it assures safety and peace.

Theme:

After reading through almost half of this book, I have noticed a theme being: Ultimately, no one knows you better than you. This is a theme that I struggle to bring into my own, everyday life, but something Stephen Harper seems to not. Although he was a very successful student and very strong intellect, he chose to go against expectations and did not attend school for 4 years, in order to truly find out what he should do, to not waste time.

A “Founding Father” Wouldn’t Kill His Children – DoL#2

Mr. Morris

Social Studies

April 18, 2017

The « founding father » of our confederation and country has a dark history many Canadians are unaware of or choose to ignore. Those who do remember, are those who were most affected by his actions, and those who seem to have the quietest voice. While some Canadians view him as an intellectual leader, due to John A. Macdonald’s organization of the Indian Act and residential schools, removing him from the public sphere would recognize the Indigenous people that suffered most, a give them the justice they deserve.

John A. Macdonald was responsible for the forgotten Indian Act, which was set in place to irradicate First Nations culture. This occurred through the use of residential schools, illegalizing language, and religious practices, stealing lands, and much more;  “He directly contributed to the genocide of Indigenous peoples with the creation of the brutal residential schools system, as well as other measures meant to destroy native cultures and traditions.”  (Olivier). The outcome of this was so criminal, that it lead to John A.’s nickname being “an architect of Indigenous genocide” (Ballingal). The obliteration of First Nations culture was detrimental to Canada’s progression as an inclusive society and took away almost a hundred years of education, religion, and tradition from our First Nations.

Some view the production of residential schools positively, as residential schools set a foundation for the public school system. However; the outcome of these residential schools were detrimental to the First Nations, as were the rest of the Indian Act regulations. The scarring short term and long term effects residential schools had on Indigenous children and families seem to be ignored, but are fundamental in understanding Canada’s history; « His decision to open residential schools is ‘one of the most problematic in our history’ » (Ballingal). John A. Macdonald’s name is seen on schools, buildings, and park, further pushing away his problematic choice to form residential schools.  Rather than place a monument of Macdonald in the public sphere, we should be placing monuments of those who have suffered most in residential schools, to showcase Canada’s step towards an inclusive, progressive Canada. Why should we be idolizing the man who created the most problematic school system in our history?

To many Canadians, John A. Macdonald will always remain a notable leader who established the Canadian confederacy, no matter how much evidence is provided showing his genocidal habits. By almost obliterating First Nations culture through the Indian Act and residential schools, it’s evident that John A. Macdonald should not be seen in the public sphere as monumental using statues an buildings. We should be honouring and highlighting those who have suffered most, persevered most, and progressed our country most, and that starts with our First Nations.

 

 

In Depth Post #5

1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

Before spring break, I emailed Brittney a quick progress report on my swim times. She was happy to see some progress, but she recommended I take a swimming ability test the next time I went to practice. This was a new learning opportunity for me, as I would be assessed by a swimming supervisor, and given recommendations on courses I could take.

2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

The best learning opportunities to reinforce learning from a course, would be to carry on the course completion process. Each course layers on top of the past one, and reinforces the learning from the last one. In swimming, while learning techniques and new skills, it’s important to practice the very often after learning, in order to reinforce the new skill.

3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

In order to accelerate my learning in swimming, I could take technique/performance swimming classes. There are some youth classes at my local recreation center, as well as private lessons available. Luckily, I have a mentor that is very active in my learning process, and extra lessons and practices don’t fit in my timetable or budget.

4. When you get together what do you talk about?

When Brittney and I got together last, we started our conversation with quick updates in our personal lives and moved onto my progress and goals for the next week-month. Brittney tends to ask me how I’m feeling with swimming, and if becoming a lifeguard is still my goal. For now, I’m still looking towards becoming a lifeguard, but that might change in the future. We tend to get off topic sometimes and discuss personal life topics, but get on track as soon as we realize. Since I have started my first course, I’ve become anxious about what to expect. I asked her questions regarding what the course entails, and what I should be looking out for. Brittney understands my anxieties, as she went through the same thing. She answers my questions honestly and reassures me that I can handle each course (with hard work of course).

5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

Brittney and I still have a fairly formal relationship right now, but it’s become more personal as time goes on. We have grown our communication skills, as we text very often and catch up at every meeting. Brittney has an understanding of my anxieties, fears, and goals, and this allows her to help me out on a personal level.

6. What are you learning about one another?

I’ve learned that Brittney is extremely committed to her mentoring and is passionate about helping me out. She asks me for updates before I have any, which shows me how dedicated she is to not only being a mentor, but in her own life opportunities. I think Brittney has learned how perseverant I am with this project. I’ve been proven a couple times that my progress isn’t massive, but I’ve been working hard with swimming, and I’ve been pushing myself at every practice. I think that Brittney and I work very well together, as we’re both very hard working at things we’re passionate about.

Progress:

Over Easter break, I was given an opportunity to meet with my mentor and update her on my progress and goals for the rest of the In Depth process. I updated her on my swim time progress and the courses I’ve signed up for and am participating in. Currently, I am taking the Bronze Medallion course every Saturday (luckily, none interfere with practice trips), and have signed up for a First Aid/CPR-C course for May. I also updated Brittney on a swimming ability test I took over spring break (a test Brittney recommended to me by email). This test is completely free, and I was able to do it at Hyde Creek during one of my practices. When I completed this test advised by a Pool Supervisor, I informed that my swimming was fine for the Bronze Medallion course, but mediocre for Bronze Cross course. The supervisor told me that the average 50 meter swim for Freestyle was 40 seconds, while mine was 45. He mentioned that it was possible for me to pass, but he would not recommend it for me as my technique wasn’t perfect, and my swim times were not ideal. I felt quite defeated by this, but I wanted to ask Brittney for her opinion before I went ahead and signed up for the course. Brittney mentioned that the Bronze Cross course is a lot more swimming based than Bronze Medallion, and I may possibly struggle with it. She also included that the price for this course is quite high, as it’s almost $200. I didn’t want to pay for an expensive course that I may not be ready for. Therefore, for now, I have decided to prepare more thoroughly for the Bronze Cross, and give it a better shot when I am more ready. If I feel ready and am recommended to carry on after the Bronze Medallion course, I will definitely complete Bronze Cross soon after.

Independent Investigation – DoL #2

Inquiry question: How does Elisabeth Aubert’s story give us a deeper understanding of New France?”

A: Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge. Why is this an important question to ask about the past? Provide evidence from primary and secondary sources.

When diving into this inquiry, it’s important to remember that Elisabeth Aubert was one of the Filles du Roi women, meaning that her story could be very similar to the other women being brought to New France. The Filles du Roi women were the first French women to settle in New France, and they were sent there in order to populate New France and outnumber Britain. Elisabeth Aubert’s story shows us how women were treated and viewed in the mid-1600s, particularly in France and New France. Of approximately 800 Filles du Roi women, only a few have had their story passed down through generations, Elisabeth Aubert’s being one. In the mid-1600s, women weren’t needed for much more than reproduction, giving a reason as to why many women were not given a chance to tell their stories.
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Continuity and Change: How are our lives and conditions similar to those found in your research? How have they changed?

fullsizeoutput_176In the 1600s, France and New France were both completely Roman Catholic, and marrying outside of one’s religion was absolutely unthinkable. In modern times, this can still be the case in some cultures and beliefs. Depending on the culture or beliefs of a family, interfaith marriage can mean terrible consequences. However; as time has past and our world has become more social, interfaith marriage has been more widely accepted, even in some typically strict religions.
Secondly, in mid-1600s New France, women (like Elisabeth Aubert) were given the choice to who they wanted to marry. Elisabeth was not given much time or options, but she was never forced to marry immediately. To this day, the Roman Catholic religion does not enforce arranged marriages, rather, they only occur when it’s a family’s wish.

Is what happened right and fair by the values and standards of the time? How about from our current values and standards?

Elisabeth’s life in France was dark and lonely, as she was a young, orphaned woman without a family to lean back on. She was sent to New France with a mission to marry a man and grow a large family, in order to help grow New France’s population. Elizabeth was forced into this with no say, but this seemed “fair” at the time. Timages-minhe Filles du Roi were given resources such as money and clothing (such as a coiffe), and this seemed like a fair exchange at the time.
As mentioned earlier, a woman’s value in the 1600s (and for longer) was based on her fertility, rather than her beliefs and ideas (like in current times). As long as Elisabeth fulfilled her mission, she was seen as “worth” the resources and time, which was a common norm amongst many women in New France. In our current times, forcing a woman (or anyone for that matter) to move across the globe and start a family, seems unethical and inhumane.

What conclusions can you reach about your question, based on the research you conducted?

As mentioned earlier, Elisabeth Aubert was one of many women who was shipped to New France against her will, to begin a new life. This shows New France’s determination to grow their population and their competitiveness against Britain. The Filles du Roi were sent to New France with very little resources, little knowledge, but with nothing to lose. France’s determination influenced them to use the most vulnerable women, knowing that their voices would not be heard or at least considered. This seemed smart and ethical at the time, but one story (like Elisabeths’s) can show a lot of backstory in the future.

Citations:

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/filles-du-

roi/https://watch.cbc.ca/canada–the-story-of-us/season-1/episode-1/38e815a-00beb574afc

http://www.canadahistoryproject.ca/1663/1663-11-filles.html

http://www.lookbackward.com/perrault/filleroi/

 

Socials DoL #1 – Recreational Marijuana

When Justin Trudeau began running for Prime Minister of Canada in 2015, he had promised Canadians the legalization of recreational marijuana. This brought up a lot of controversies, and through, could change Canada’s identity. Medical marijuana has already shown a change in Canada’s social, economic, political, and environmental circles, however; once recreational marijuana is legalized, these changes may drastically increase.

Medical and recreational marijuana has shown a huge increase in popularity amongst our societies. Medical marijuana is seen as a “natural” product and has many health benefits to those suffering from chronic pain or mental disabilities. This leads reason to believe that recreational marijuana can too be “healthy” and “natural” when this is not always the case. When used in moderation, recreational marijuana has shown positive results, although, when used out of moderation, marijuana may cause future deficits in the brain. The way marijuana is shown/promoted in the media, in schools, and in our society will play a role in the safety of its usage.

The marijuana usage in Canada will also greatly change Canada’s environment. Already, several Canadian cannabis companies have been buying greenhouses for the purpose of growing medical marijuana. A company named Canopy Growth is developing 1.3 million square feet of greendscf2317-1132x670-minhouses in B.C., and another is building a 120,000 square foot greenhouse in Maple Ridge. When recreational marijuana is legalized in Canada, a need for cannabis growth dedicated land will increase. The removal of natural habitats can endanger animals, as well as contaminate water sources in the area. It’s also important to highlight the energy that will be used in order to create ideal growing conditions in these cannabis greenhouses. Overall, the environmental affects marijuana will/does have on the environment isn’t very positive. To add on, very few politicians and economists show concern for the environment, as recreational marijuana will positively influence their circles. Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana wasn’t very supported in the beginning, however; as time went on, Canadians were educated and influenced, thus, voting for Trudeau. Many Canadians still disagree will Trudeau’s plan, but not much can be done at this point. The plan is set in stone for 2018, with extra support from the new 2018 budget for Canada. As Trudeau’s plan takes place, there are many cannabis companies that are waiting for money to start rolling in. Cannabis companies may see the sudden success of their stock, and be influenced to franchise their companies around Canada, begin bigger promotions, create new products, and hope for the overall growth of their company. Once the cannabis industry takes off, as will Canada’s economy, followed by our politics, society, and finally environment.

Canada’s move to legalize recreational marijuana shows evidence of a “postnational state” (Justin Trudeau, 2015). The decision to legalize recreational marijuana is very evidently split between the two sides. Many Canadians think this may change Canada’s identity by changing us into “hippies”, while the other side thinks this change will create a safe environment on the streets. There are two very opinionated sides, along with some people left in between, leading to believe that our country has very diverse morals. Obviously, our country has diverse opinions on many different topics other than the legalization of recreational marijuana, though, this move is very ambitious and will affect every Canadian life.

In my personal opinion, I don’t believe that there’s much point in trying to set an identity on Canada. There are 36,000,000 people in Canada, all with their own, unique personality. Not only is it impossible to mix all those identities together, but it’s also unnecessary. Canada is very successful as a country because of its diversity, and acceptance of new ideas. Canada doesn’t have an identity, nor does it need one, because Canada is a country of growth amongst diversity.

Bibliography:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-january-12-2018-1.4483139/growing-weed-is-not-so-great-for-the-environment-what-canada-can-do-to-make-it-greener-1.4483456

Ottawa urged to consider environmental impacts of legal marijuana

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/8qpg8z/growing-weed-is-pretty-bad-for-the-environment-weedweek2017

https://www.budget.gc.ca/2018/docs/themes/advancement-advancement-en.html

In Depth Post #4

1. What has been the most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?

The most difficult mentoring challenge so far has been our clashing schedules. Brittney doesn’t work or have school on Fridays, therefore; she tries her best to come by every 2-3 weeks. Whenever she is here, we try our best to meet up. She didn’t have the time to meet with me this past weekend when she came home, so we decided to meet over a FaceTime call. This was a good substitute for meeting in person, however; I don’t believe it was as effective as our regular meetings.

2. What is working well? Why?

Although it’s hard for us to meet up, a lot has been working for us. I keep her updated throughout the week on what I’ve been doing, or if my swim times have improved. In addition, while we are together, we seem to have very good communication. I tend to ask her the most questions regarding swimming, however; she’ll usually ask how I feel about a certain technique, and help me if it’s simply not working for me. We have very good communication in person, over the phone, and through texting.

3. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

Of course, our meeting schedule could be better. In order to increase our chances of meeting up, I could ask for Brittney’s schedule way in advance. There are still three more months of the In Depth process, giving me lots of opportunities to meet with Brittney. If I schedule meetings way in advance, it’ll be considered a priority rather than optional. Scheduling meetings way in advance will also give me more time to prepare my inquiries, and add details to my goals. Events may come up sometimes, but I believe that the advance scheduling will be to my advantage.

Sourcing a Significant Object

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An object that holds significance in my life is a stuffed stork named “Bocian”. Bocian was made in Yangzhou Jiangsu, China. Bocian is a secondary source, as it is a model of a real stork. It must have been manufactured before or during 2015, as I bought it in the summer of 2015. The stork is a native bird of Poland, and is thought to bring good fortune after a long, cold winter. Storks have made a jump in franchising in the last 10 years, which is odd to many natives, despite the stork’s representation. My mom and dad grew up in Poland, and although they were very familiar with the stork, seeing a plush at the store would be strange and abnormal. The reasoning behind this sudden jump in franchising may be for the unfortunate sudden drop in population of storks. Franchising and education may bring a voice to these beautiful birds; people might think twice before feeding them or hurting their natural habitat. Not very many people know of storks (other than the “babies come from storks” myth), and through the production of stork merchandise, people and be motivated to learn a bit more about what they’re buying. The “people” that these companies target are most likely small children, people who will want to buy a stork plushie…or thirteen-year-olds than think storks are cool. Young children are always curious and have the drive to learn about the world. Through playing with a soft, white, long-legged bird, they might be curious as to what this bird is, which will start education and an interest in protecting these birds amongst the family.

Bocian (the stork plushie I bought) is bought from a company that has regular selling regulations, however; there are companies that donate a lot of their proceeds to stork population protection. Of course, through buying from this type of company, your aid to storks is direct, rather than buying from a regular selling company. Yet, purchasing from a company that has no direct purpose of helping these birds, still indirectly helps them, through publicity and the audience.

Lots of people can learn from stork merchandise (plushie storks in particular). Through thinking back on the reasoning behind the production of Bocian, it helps me realize the influence our purchases have on lives. I was never truly aware of storks and their nature until I purchased a secondary source to one. Although the plushie itself doesn’t directly tell me the importance of storks, companies indirectly do. A toy purchased can mean a lot more than what is seen, in fact, it can mean something major, like the protection of a beautiful species.