In 2006, one man began a quest to make the world a better place for everyone to live and show that if you try hard enough, one person really can make a difference. Self-described vigilante George Pakenham walks the streets of New York to stop what many see as a victimless crime: idling their cars. What they don’t realize is how they are contributing to the oil crisis, asthma, air pollution and global warming by trying to control the climate inside their automobiles. In order to raise awareness, he goes door-to-door, that is car door-to-car door, explaining to unknowing drivers that they are breaking New York City law when they idle for more than three minutes. He wants the dangers that idling produces to be recognized as legitimate, and lobbies for the laws that are already in place to be enforced. Directed and produced by George Pakenham. 

Idle Threat

2012 US 60 min
Festival Year: 2013
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Sustainable Living