The Most Important Topics Of 2014, According To You
We tend to hear an awful lot about how little regard you have for important, substantive issues. To hear the cynics tell it, you split your time on the Internet exclusively playing Candy Crush and taking celebrity quizzes. But we have a hunch that you care about more than that. Last month, we asked you what you felt were the most important topics: the big issues of our day that deserve more focus and attention than they generally receive in the media.
And boy, did we hear from you. In the couple of days the poll was open, tens of thousands of you from all across the country and world chimed in to vote. Many of you even gave us personal and moving reasons for your choices. So without further ado, here are the top three vote-getters from the poll. We’d tell you why we think these issues are really important, but we actually think you’ve said it best:
#1 Climate Change and Clean Energy
#2 Income Inequality and Poverty
#3 Human Rights
We don’t think it’s quite enough to promise to bring more attention to these topics: We’re also proud to announce we’re teaming up with some experts in these fields to get the coverage just right. The good folks at Human Rights Watch, ProPublica, and Climate Nexus have stepped up to help us deliver great posts on these topics.
Human Rights Watch is one of the biggest and most effective research and advocacy organizations in the world. Their focus on a broad range of human rights issues — from child soldiers to freedom of the press — is exemplary, and we’re very excited to amplify their incredible work.
ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit investigative news organization that produces hard-hitting and exhaustively researched pieces on everything from fracking to poverty wages and substandard working conditions in the temp economy. We’re thrilled at the opportunity to work with them to shine an even brighter light on underreported issues.
To help bone up on climate change and clean energy issues, we’ll be partnering with the good folks at Climate Nexus. Chock-full of environmental science experts, reporters, public affairs specialists, and documentary filmmakers, Climate Nexus already does excellent work in telling the story of our climate in new and clever ways. We’re excited about putting our heads together to think of even bigger and bolder ways to bring attention to one of the most pressing issues facing our planet.
And we hope to announce more partnerships in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.
Too many media companies assume the worst about their communities — they think just because they’ve seen starlet scandals get more site traffic than foreign revolutions, that’s what their audience really wants to see. We couldn’t disagree more, and we think that the millions of you who make up the Upworthy community help prove it every day.
— The Upworthy Team