Jump to prevent global warming
Updated: 2006-07-21 15:11 Hans Peter Niesward, from the Department of
Gravitationsphysik at the ISA in Munich, says we can stop global warming in one fell swoop - or, more
accurately, in one big jump.
The slightly disheveled professor states his case on WorldJumpDay.org, an
Internet site created to recruit 600,000,000 people to jump simultaneously on
July 20 at 11:39:13 GMT in an effort to shift Earth's position.
Niesward claims that on this day "Earth occupies one of the most fragile
positions in its orbits for the last 100 years." According to the site, the
shift in orbit will "stop global warming, extend daytime hours and create a more
The Man Who Wasn't There
Niesward's theory has at least one major flaw: Niesward doesn't really
exist. He is a character created by Torsten Lauschmann, a German-born artist living
in Scotland. Lauschmann - a live performer, filmmaker, DJ and photographer ¡ª may be
best known for his work "Misshapen Pearl," described as a "phenomenological
investigation of the streetlamp's function in our consumer society."
Lauschmann's multimedia approach has allowed him to explore a wide variety of
subjects, including butterflies, paparazzi photos and, now, a flash-mob
In 2005, Lauschmann encouraged scientists and bloggers from around the world
to discuss World Jump Day.