Pope Francis on Tuesday railed against humanity\u0026#039;s exploitation of natural resources and pursuit of endless growth as he urged people across the world to act with the urgency young people worldwide have demanded to protect the Earth and build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.The pope\u0026#039;s call came in a written message to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and in which he urged people to view the \u0022disintegration of biodiversity, spiraling climate disasters, and unjust impact of the current pandemic on the poor and vulnerable\u0022 as \u0022a wakeup call in the face of our rampant greed and consumption.\u0022\u0022Our constant demand for growth and an endless cycle of production and consumption are exhausting the natural world,\u0022 he said. \u0022Forests are leached, topsoil erodes, fields fail, deserts advance, seas acidify, and storms intensify. Creation is groaning!\u0022Francis framed the Covid-19 crisis as having \u0022given us a chance to develop new ways of living\u0022 and \u0022brought us to a crossroads\u0022 at which societies can choose \u0022to end our superfluous and destructive goals and activities, and to cultivate values, connections, and activities that are life-giving.\u0022In addition to reiterating his call for debt cancellation for poor countries, the pope said the post-pandemic recovery packages being crafted by lawmakers \u0022must be regeneration packages.\u0022\u0022Policy, legislation, and investment must be focused on the common good and guarantee that global social and environmental goals are met,\u0022 he said.The pope stressed the need to meet the Paris climate accord goals to stave off \u0022catastrophic\u0022 impacts of the planet\u0026#039;s heating. \u0022Climate restoration is of utmost importance, since we are in the midst of a climate emergency. We are running out of time, as our children and young people have reminded us,\u0022 he added.He further called on leaders to work \u0022to stem the alarming rate of biodiversity loss\u0022 and expressed hope the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity—set for next May in Kunming, China—could be \u0022a turning point in restoring the Earth to be a home of life in abundance.\u0022The new message also called for strengthened regulation of \u0022the activities of extractive companies\u0022 to \u0022ensure access to justice for those affected,\u0022 especially Indigenous communities.Young climate activists and those \u0022on the frontlines in responding to the ecological crisis,\u0022 drew praise from Francis. \u0022They are calling for a Jubilee for the Earth and a new beginning, aware that \u0026#039;things can change,\u0026#039;\u0022 he said.