We Take Charge

When You Take Charge, the Future Gets Brighter.

Take pledges to shake up your daily routine with new ways to go green and live sustainably. Track actions and add up your impacts to show the world that when young leaders take charge, the future gets brighter—and greener!

Every choice you make today gives you a chance to decrease negative impacts on the planet and take positive impacts to the next level. That’s huge.

Here’s How to Run Your Campaign

  1. Investigate and Learn

    Think about what your school is already doing to go green and ways they could take their efforts further.

  2. Action Plan

    Brainstorm pledges your school can take to boost positive impacts and reduce negative ones. Vote on one and set a measurable goal for your school to achieve.

  3. Take Action

    Get your school in on the action! Invite students to track their actions and the impacts of those actions. Take on one challenge a week, tally up the impacts and measure progress toward your goal.

  1. Report and Celebrate

    Sit down as a group and reflect on the impacts you’ve made throughout the month. Celebrate your successes using #wetakecharge.


Using the Student Yearbook, students will record their progress and their reflections for each of the four steps above.

Change-makers—we want to hear how you and your group helped empower your local and global communities. Share your impacts by filling out the Campaign Impact Survey now!


Lesson Plans

Campaign Lesson Plans

Bring the issue of sustainability into the classroom and engage students in learning about living sustainably every day.


Students help eliminate ocean garbage patches one utensil at a time

The students in Myka Jugum’s class at Robert Gray Elementary School are taking charge and standing up to massive garbage patches in the Pacific Ocean. When students learned that pieces of plastic in the North Pacific Ocean were building up and harming marine wildlife, they were motivated to take action against the environmental damage.

“A lot of people don’t think about how the plastic we use can end up in oceans,” says Aili Scott, 10.

To help do their part in limiting the amount of pollution, they appealed to their school’s food services team to use reusable tableware instead of plastic cutlery in their cafeteria. With the support of their school principal and staff, their appeal was approved.

Now that they have the support and motivation to take charge, they will be presenting their idea to the school board to have plastic utensils removed from every school in their district. The students at Robert Gray Elementary are proving that small changes in the way we live have the ability to make big impacts throughout the world.

Teacher’s Corner

Dig deeper into the issues

Check out our issue backgrounders to learn how local and global issues affect the lives of people in our communities and around the world. Bring the issues to life in your classroom with a library of resources to engage your students in learning about local and global issues.

Take More Action

Hooked on taking action? The WE Schools program has a yearlong calendar of campaigns for taking action on all kinds of local and global issues.