Restore Passenger Rail, New Zealand

OUR MISSION: Restoration of passenger rail across the country to at least year 2000 levels with affordable, accessible rail options reducing inequality and carbon emissions.
Restore Passenger Rail is a new climate campaign is setting up right now in Aotearoa. We have a plan to prevent the catastrophic climate change that we are currently heading for. That’s right – it’s a plan not just help to mitigate to some extent, but actually change the political playing field on climate across a number of democratic countries, and save the climate. How?
Why?   We have no time to loose: In the next 10-20 years we will hit 2 degrees warming, this will make 20% of the earth uninhabitable. This will mean 1 billion climate refugees. This will bring, violence, war and societal collapse will. Thankfully we can turn things around and provide public services that benefit our people. We can reduce overall consumption and share what we have. We have two to three years to do this but governments here and around the world lie and say they are dealing with it, while destruction of the natural world is accelerating and emissions are still rising.
Is it really that bad?   Sadly – yes. We can see with our own eyes the devastating effects of climate change and ecological collapse and the adverse affects on societies and global stability as a result. Here in NZ we are seeing 1 in 100 year extreme weather events happening year on year, sometimes twice in a year. We see fish wash up on our shores dead, in India we have seen deaths due to extreme heat, wildfires across the world, extreme cyclones in the US, Pakistan 1/3 underwater with 30 million people forced to leave their homes.

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    OUR mission

    Restoration of passenger rail across the country to at least year 2000 levels with affordable, accessible rail options reducing inequality and carbon emissions.

    Restore Passenger Rail is a new climate campaign is setting up right now in Aotearoa. We have a plan to prevent the catastrophic climate change that we are currently heading for. That’s right – it’s a plan not just help to mitigate to some extent, but actually change the political playing field on climate across a number of democratic countries, and save the climate. How?

    We’re starting now with mass mobilisation, civil Resistance, and a network of campaigns across 12 countries, all disrupting Business as Usual at the same time. We’ve picked a winnable and popular initial demand: Restore Passenger Rail. We can win this quickly, building strength for a bigger win.

    There is a lot more to it. And we need your help. Join us and international guests on Zoom to find out more.

    We need your passion, and your experience. All our collective efforts have not yet secured our future, but they have brought us together, strengthened our resolve, and imparted much knowledge and skill. We are now ready to try something new. Come along to see what you think and how to get involved.

    Why?

    We have no time to loose: In the next 10-20 years we will hit 2 degrees warming, this will make 20% of the earth uninhabitable. This will mean 1 billion climate refugees. This will bring, violence, war and societal collapse will. Thankfully we can turn things around and provide public services that benefit our people. We can reduce overall consumption and share what we have. We have two to three years to do this but governments here and around the world lie and say they are dealing with it, while destruction of the natural world is accelerating and emissions are still rising.

    Why passenger rail?

    Restoring passenger rail in NZ is a winnable campaign that will directly help to lower our emissions. It winnable, popular and an important climate goal. Affordable and accessible passenger rail will help close the gap between rich and poor. It will create jobs and it will help revive peaceful civil resistance in Aotearoa.

    Why block roads and annoy people?

    The long history of civil resistance has shown that change has come by people taking bold disruptive action that ensures people pay attention. Being liked is not a prerequisite to success, in fact most of today’s social justice heroes were despised and hated in their time. We do not take action in the hope of being loved in the future, but because we deeply believe we have a moral obligation to resist the demise of all we hold dear. Recent history of environmentalist activism also shows that writing submissions, signing petitions, protests and occupations of sensitive sites like tree protection or blocking heavy machinery has failed to bring about the large scale change that is now desperately needed.

    Is it really that bad?

    Sadly – yes. We can see with our own eyes the devastating effects of climate change and ecological collapse and the adverse affects on societies and global stability as a result. Here in NZ we are seeing 1 in 100 year extreme weather events happening year on year, sometimes twice in a year. We see fish wash up on our shores dead, in India we have seen deaths due to extreme heat, wildfires across the world, extreme cyclones in the US, Pakistan 1/3 underwater with 30 million people forced to leave their homes. Here is what the experts are saying:

    “We have to move rapidly. What we do, I believe, in the next 3-4 years will determine the future of humanity.”

    Prof Sir David King, ex science advisor to successive UK governments, last year

    “…Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future.”

    Hans-Otto Portner, co chair of the IPCC Working Group II, sixth assessment in February this year (2022)

    “Delay means death”

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, this year (2022)

    “If we don’t take action the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon”

    Sir David Attenborough

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