There’s no dearth of scientifically sound (or otherwise) approaches to tackling global warming. Among them is World Jump Day that is celebrated on July 20 every year. The day aims to shift the orbit of Earth, to extend daylight hours, and to create a more standardized climate throughout the world. This day is observed as a way of taking a light-hearted but stern look at the very serious issue of global warming and climate change. Although it’s impossible to change the orbit of the Earth, jumping is a lot of fun!
History of World Jump Day
World Jump Day was started by German artist Torsten Lauschmann. He launched and popularized the idea through his website. The day was first observed on July 20, 2006, after the site gathered almost 600,256,820 registered jumpers! Lauschmann presented jumping as an art installation to raise awareness about global warming. Today the day is mostly celebrated in jest since we all know that our combined weight on Earth is so minimal that it will have no impact on the planet’s orbit whatsoever. The day is considered to be unscientific and was widely discredited. Whatever the reason may be, jumping is fun and a good form of exercise.
World Jump Day is celebrated exactly at 11:39:13 GMT. At this time, millions of people from the Western Hemisphere jump simultaneously. It is believed that coordinated jumping will force the planet to move out from its original orbit and into a new one, and this would stop global warming! But not all of it is a joke — some scientists believe that if 600 million people jump at the same moment, the earth will move a bit from its orbit, which will increase the distance between the Sun and the Earth, thereby reducing the risks of global warming. It is based on the theory that changes in earth mass will make a difference in the earth’s orbit. Needless to say, it is unproven that having millions of people jump at the same time would make a difference in the Earth’s orbit.
World Jump Day timeline
Sir Isaac Newton discovers the gravitational pull.
High jump is incorporated into the first modern Olympics Games.
The first modern trampoline is built by George Nissen and Larry Griswold.
Bungee jumping starts at the Oxford Dangerous Sports Club in the United Kingdom.
World Jump Day FAQs
When is World Jump Day celebrated?
World Jump Day is celebrated on July 20 every year at 11:39:13 GMT.
Who started World Jump Day?
World Jump Day was started by a German artist, Torsten Lauschmann. He wished to raise awareness about the harmful effects of global warming.
Can the Earth’s orbit be moved by jumping?
The combined weight of all human beings is too insignificant to affect the Earth’s orbit in any way. The Earth wouldn’t shift orbit if all of us were to jump together.
How to celebrate World Jump Day
Do jumping jacks
Jumping jacks are a great way to get some exercise in quickly. Doing up to 30 jumping jacks a day can significantly improve your physical health.
Jump into a pool
Cool off in the summer by jumping or diving at your local pool. It is a great way to enjoy the double health benefits of jumping and swimming.
Pledge to do better
Since World Jump Day is about raising awareness about global warming, it’s a great day to pledge to do your bit. Switch to public transport, biodegradable packaging, or simply have shorter showers for a more sustainable future.
5 Facts About Global Warming That Will Blow Your Mind
The Arctic’s ice is melting swiftly
By 2040, the Arctic might have a completely ice-free summer.
Global warming is depleting the Earth’s ecosystem
Global warming is responsible for the extinction of one million species.
Carbon dioxide emission is at a record high.
The carbon dioxide levels in the 20th century have been the highest in 650,000 years.
The Earth is heating up
By the year 2100, the average temperature will rise by 42℉.
It endangers human life
Between 2000 and 2100, there might be up to 150,000 heat-related deaths.
Why we love World Jump Day
Pseudoscientific reasoning aside, World Jump Day brings out the inner child in all of us. Jumping jacks, jumping ropes, or even jumping on a trampoline can be a great stress buster.
It raises awareness of global warming
At the heart of it, World Jump Day hopes to make the planet greener. It is a fun way to get kids and adults to care about the planet and do their bit.
It’s a great exercise
Jumping is a simple way to keep the blood flowing and get some movement on a busy day. This day also reminds us that taking care of our health can be fun and easy.
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