The island activist who forced German climate action

This 22-year-old has forced Germany to ramp up climate action

to save her 300-year-old family farm from vanishing beneath the waves.

Sophie Backsen grew up here, on the island of Pellworm in the North Sea

which has an average elevation of just two meters above sea level.

Some climate scientists predict that melting ice and warming oceans could raise sea levels far enough to drown Pellworm by the end of the century.

"Pellworm is my home, it's where I live. This is where I grew up. Our farm is here. And it would be a huge loss for me. Of course, I could still live somewhere else, but at the moment I just couldn't imagine that, because this is my home."

Backsen has won a court judgement forcing Germany to take swifter action.

She was one of a group of plaintiffs who challenged Germany's 2019 climate law,

saying that by moving too slowly to cut greenhouse gas emissions,

it was stealing from younger generations.

"Weather extremes have become much more common in recent years, which even I have noticed even though I am still relatively young."

Politicians rushed to welcome the court ruling, which came four months ahead of a national election.

The Green Party, which has been surging in the polls, is increasingly seen as the party to beat.

But for Backsen, the fight is personal.

Their 180-hectare farm is home to 100 sheep and several hundred cattle.

It’s been in the family for generations and forms the inheritance of Backsen and her four siblings.

"I wouldn't necessarily call myself a fighter because I sometimes don't do all that much. I think I'm just an example for a lot of people and I just try to bring more attention to the issue and make it more present everywhere. That's why I always find the word a bit difficult, because I don't see myself fighting like that."

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