Sustainable Rossmoor’s Film Series
Each month we highlight one or more films that inspire or advocate for environmental causes around the world. We choose films that educate us about the breadth and depth of sustainability and prompt us to make better choices. All movies will be shown in the Peacock Theater. The standing featured movie time is on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. English subtitles will be shown whenever available. During the Covid pandemic, we provide links to online movies.
IDLE THREAT: A MAN ON EMISSION
This is the title of one of the most popular films at Peacock in 2018, and now it’s particularly timely. And, easily available on YouTube. It is our Sustainable Rossmoor February film recommendation. The City of Walnut Creek City will be considering a 3-minute limit on vehicle idling-while-parked at the February 16 council meeting. For more information, contact: Carol Weed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The film follows the success of a 69-year-old Wall Street banker highlighting vehicle idling’s destructive public health and environmental impact. It’s even hard on car engines. His mission: to put some teeth behind the enforcement of a 1971 New York City law. Recording over 3,000 interactions with drivers sitting in idling cars, he found that about 70% of drivers would turn off their motor if asked politely. He documented those that didn’t and has helped the city collect over $50,000 annually in fines. He’s gained national media coverage, written a children’s book on the topic, and has inspired other verdant vigilantes. Several states and cities have limits on idling-while-parked. The film is 65 minutes with SDH captions. The link is: https://youtu.be/Qa1H0QVBpiU