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Their place on the planet

Organization helps young people look toward future

When Gerald O. Barney summarized a report from the World Bank with a small group of young adults, including members of his congregation, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Falls Church, Va., he was met with dead silence. "Is this stuff new to you?" he asked.

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Jessica Wessell (right), development coordinator of Our Task, and Emily Clarke, who has been both an Our Task intern and researcher, take a closer look at the planet and where it's headed. That's what Our Task, a nonprofit organization with roots in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Falls Church, Va., does.


"I thought I was the only one worried about these things," a woman from Ghana answered. "There's no place to come together to talk like this."

Such comments led the recently retired Barney to cash his Social Security check and found Our Task, whose goal is to gather, educate and empower young people to understand what's happening to the planet and their role in shaping it.


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