When you leave the engine running on a vehicle that's not moving, it's called "idling."

Idling of internal combustion engines wastes more than 3.8 Million gallons of fuel a day in America, costing money while contributing to local air pollution, respiratory disease and global climate change.

Idle Threat movie

Check out the Award Winning short documentary, "Idle Threat: Man on Emission"

Presentation available to Schools, Educators, Civic and Neighborhood groups, Religious Organizations, PTA's, Scouts, Seniors, Environmental Groups

Idle Threat is the true story of a colorful international banker, George Pakenham, whose New York City neighborhood was becoming overwhelmed with exhaust from vehicles parked in the streets with their engines running. Knowing the City had a strict three minute idling law, Pakenham took to the streets, with clipboard, business cards and "Candid Camera" style crew, to politely ask motorists to obey the law. Some amusing encounters took place. Then, armed with his statistics and footage, Pakenham led the the charge of community and environmental groups to NYC government, to have the laws enforced.

Idle Threat is a lively look at one man’s spirited struggle to improve public health by raising awareness about idling’s impact, starting in New York City. Against all odds, he succeeds, helping raise local air quality, while gaining world-wide recognition for the anti-idling cause, with articles featured in the Wall Street Journal, New Yorker magazine, and the Financial Times.

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Give a kid you love a t-shirt, cleaner air, and a planet to keep living on!

Purchase one of these T shirts and share the message about idling! Proceeds go to Mainstream Green, Inc.a 501C-3 environmental non profit that is Engaging The Crowd vs Climate Change! Available in Children's Small, Medium, Large and XL, 100% cotton and Made In America!


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What the critics say about Idle Threat: Man on Emission

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"In the vein of Michael Moore's cinema verite, Pakenham becomes our man on the street, accosting idlers who pollute the streets of NYC with their vehicles' exhaust. The film manages to make you realize the deadly dangers present at the same time it makes you laugh out loud." – Prof. Cathleen Miller, San Jose State University, author of Champion of Choice,

"Highly recommended. An eye-opening documentary that draws attention to a common problem, and a solution, that few people even recognize. It also shows the link between individual actions and solving broader environmental and political problems such as energy dependence, environmental pollution, and public health challenges. Well-done and entertaining" – Educational Media Reviews Online

"In an engaging and informative approach to a serious environmental issue, Idle Threat tells the story of effective citizen engagement and impact." – Holly Wise, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability

"An entertaining and informative ride that shows how citizens who care can make a difference." – Marc Norman, Director of UPSTATE, Syracuse University School of Architecture

"Opens a conversation about the relationship between science and society.... For students it provides a case study in how they to could take science research to define a problem and then take action as a result. In a high school or college classroom the video would be a way to start the discussion with students about issues that have an impact on their community. This could be a springboard for them to research a problem and the impacts, and then develop a plan that they could implement to make change." – NSTA Recommends

Ray  Tom Magliozzi, Click and Clack, criticize engine idling in the movie Idle Threat

"There's lots of idling going on of internal combustion engines that we are dead set against,"

-- Ray & Tom Magliozzi, aka "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers," of the award winning NPR show, Car Talk. Shown here, a still shot from the movie, Idle Threat.

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-- Idling pollutes air at schools, and children's lungs are much closer to vehicles' exhaust heights than adults' are! Spread the word around YOUR school!

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