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In ‘Delta 5’ Trial, Defense Argues Climate Change Necessitated Blockade Of Oil Trains

Bellamy Pailthorp
Everett District Court Judge Anthony Howard oversees admission of evidence to a jury in a crowded courtroom in Lynnwood.

What is worse: blocking train traffic and the cost it causes to the public good?  Or the effects of climate change, globally and locally?

Those are two issues at the heart of a jury trial taking place in Lynnwood this week – in what is being called a historic case about climate justice.

A group of activists who  have branded themselves “The Delta 5” are in court this week, trying to explain their actions. 

KPLU’s environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp was in the courtroom all day Monday and joined host Kirsten Kendrick live in studio.

Bellamy Pailthorp covers the environment for KNKX with an emphasis on climate justice, human health and food sovereignty. She enjoys reporting about how we will power our future while maintaining healthy cultures and livable cities. Story tips can be sent to