Six Pressing Issues of 2014

Here are some links we found with information on important issues in 2014.

Ten Controversial Topics
Gay Marriage

After same-sex marriages are outlawed in Utah, leaving 1,300 marriages considered unlawful, they were recognized by the federal government. In October, the Supreme Court rejects appeals against same sex marriage in five states, in favor of developing the movement.

Fast Facts


Human activities have been contributing to increases in greenhouse gases, causing an increase in average global temperatures. Organizations such as the UN and The International Energy Agency worked to reduce emissions, increase climate resilience and find new ways to use clean energy.

Everything You Need To Know About  Climate Change


2014 represented a shift to a digital age. Our language has become more visual, as we communicate through emojis, pictures, and video clips. This new availability causes a culture of impatience and impulsiveness.

Technology Trends 


Students have used Adderall, a medication typically prescribed for people who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, to better focus on schoolwork or sports. E-cigarettes, thought to be safer than standard cigarettes, also trended at Northwest.

Medicated Education/Smoke and Mirrors


In September, ISIS militants behead two American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes. President Barack Obama authorizes airstrikes in Syria asks Congress to authorize funds to train moderate rebel groups in Syria to fight.

ISIS Infographics


A new mindset of celebrating imperfection has emerged. Anything unconventional and real has become meaningful and comforting.

A Year to Celebrate Imperfection


See the full story in the fourth issue of the Northwest Passage.