Environmentalists took to the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg (OVG) to prevent Tesla from felling parts of a forest for the construction of its Gigafactory. On 15 February the court ruled for the temporary halt of the tree felling.
On 23 February Tesla was given the green light to continue its operations, despite activist efforts. On 24 February an environmental group called the “tree pirates” said that members were occupying the forest in protest, to prevent the US company from going ahead, according to Quartz.
On their website, Tesla states that it is “committed to improving the natural environment near the factory” and aims to “replant an area three times the factory plot.”
The Tree Prates, whose motto is “Up with the trees, down with capitalism” believes otherwise, stating: “The factory is here mainly to build sports utility vehicles. Snob cars which kill people.”