Trains and ships are big and use a lot of resources. But compared to any other form of long-distance transportation, they move freight and people farther with lower environmental impact. We might never decide to do anything about climate change, but we will have no choice but to do something about diminishing oil stocks (having reached peak production about a decade ago). For our homes and offices, we will be using a lot more wind and solar power, but for transportation, a return to the era of train and ship travel is in order.
The Man in Seat 61, a UK-based website, is here to help with the transition. Throughout the world -- even in the under-served United States, the site provides guidance and links to trains and ships to make good time. (As Pirsig says, it all depends on where you put the emphasis: in this case, GOOD time.)
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride: