Pope Francis on Sunday—when Hurricane Dorian began pounding the Bahamas with record strength—urged the world to heed calls made by rising youth and indigenous peoples to take swift action to address the climate crisis and thereby ensure \u0022our common future.\u0022\u0022We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own,\u0022 the pontiff said.The pope\u0026#039;s plea came in his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, an annual celebration he called for in 2015.In the new message, the pope denounced human exploitation of the environment and pointed to increasingly frequent extreme weather and water scarcity as well as \u0022constant pollution, the continued use of fossil fuels, intensive agricultural exploitation, and deforestation [that] are causing global temperatures to rise above safe levels.\u0022\u0022In this ecological crisis affecting everyone,\u0022 the pope continued, \u0022we should also feel close to all other men and women of good will, called to promote stewardship of the network of life of which we are part.\u0022The appeals for action—including ditching fossil fuels—were addressed at individuals and political leaders. He wrote:It is also a season to reflect on our lifestyles, and how our daily decisions about food, consumption, transportation, use of water, energy, and many other material goods, can often be thoughtless and harmful. Too many of us act like tyrants with regard to creation. Let us make an effort to change and to adopt more simple and respectful lifestyles! Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, towards forms of clean energy and a sustainable and circular economy. Let us also learn to listen to indigenous peoples, whose age-old wisdom can teach us how to live in a better relationship with the environment.While the pope didn\u0026#039;t mention by name the Fridays for Future and School Strike for Climate movement, he made note of the young people \u0022calling for courageous decisions.\u0022 He said they remind all that Earth is \u0022an inheritance to be handed down\u0022 and, in a possible reference to teen activist Greta Thunberg, said that \u0022hope for tomorrow is not a noble sentiment, but a task calling for concrete actions here and now.\u0022Addressing political leaders, he said, \u0022Let us say \u0026#039;no\u0026#039; to consumerist greed and to the illusion of omnipotence, for these are the ways of death.\u0022 Instead, said Pope Francis, leaders should undertake \u0022farsighted processes involving responsible sacrifices today for the sake of sure prospects for life tomorrow.\u0022\u0022Let us not give in to the perverse logic of quick profit,\u0022 he said, \u0022but look instead to our common future!\u0022The upcoming U.N. climate action summit later this month, the pope added, is an opportunity \u0022to respond to the cry of the poor and of our earth.\u0022The call for decisive action came as Hurricane Dorian unleashed devastation on a climate-changed planet.\u0022No hurricane in Atlantic history has ever rapidly intensified from a high-end Category 4 to a high-end Category 5,\u0022 meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote on Twitter Sunday. \u0022We are in a climate emergency.\u0022No hurricane in Atlantic history has ever rapidly intensified from a high-end Category 4 to a high-end Category 5.#Dorian was the first.We are in a climate emergency. https://t.co/u9ob6vtWyb— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) September 1, 2019In a Monday morning advisory, the National Hurricane Center said that Dorian was \u0022sitting over Grand Bahama Island with extremely dangerous winds and surge.\u0022\u0022For Grand Bahama,\u0022 said disasterologist Samantha Montano, the situation \u0022is about as bad as a hurricane can get.\u0022https://t.co/wwx7HpQMBe— Dr. Samantha Montano (@SamLMontano) September 2, 2019Dorian is expected to be a threat for several states along the U.S. East Coast as the week continues, and officials in nine Florida counties already issued evacuation orders. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina also declared states of emergency as the hurricane approaches.