Environmentalist, retired software engineer and musician, Hart Pearson “Sebastian” Cunningham has achieved the impressive feat of planting 45 million trees over 40 years. He aims to reach a trillion trees in his lifetime.
August 19, 2021
Hart Cunningham has set out to plant one billion trees. In just four decades, he has participated in planting more than 45 million and is now committed to reaching his goal. The environmentalist and musician hopes to transform 45 million acres into a trillion over the next 40 years.
Hart Pearson “Sebastian” Cunningham was brought up by artists who wanted a life that was good for Mother Earth. Hart’s quest to plant a trillion trees began at age 3 in Dominica with local vegetation. At age 5, then living in Nova Scotia, he continued his passion for trees with an apple orchard. Hart, who was 16 years old, had already planted 740 trees. He joined the Buckley High School Class of ’93-’95 (152 students total over three years), to plant trees 14 weeks a week in California.
Hart spent three terms at The Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle. There, he wrote his thesis on “Economics Related to Humanity and Environment” at age 21, continuing his interest in and passion for nature and the environment. He returned to California to finish his Master’s in Economics from Claremont Graduate University. At 22 years old, he was the youngest person to accomplish this feat.
Hart’s tree planting increased as his monetary resources grew, and he became the only Ernst and Young three-times ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Finalist. Hart has maintained his commitment to planting as many trees as possible into adulthood. Hart has invested in 19 drones or aerial-focused seed pods totaling 45 million trees. This is after 40 years of dedicated service to Mother Earth.
Hart retired at 38 from software architecture. Hart retired from software architecture at the age of 38. He ran for President (Hart2020), a campaign that focused on reducing income inequality and climate change. Hart now plans to spend the next 40 years pursuing his lifetime goal of planting one trillion trees. With more time and freedom to dedicate himself to this goal, he is determined to do even more to save and support the environment. More personally, he is also invested in his physical health and wellbeing with a focus on contortion.
Hart can be found on Instagram at @RydermanM, where he shares his thoughts and adventures in physicality, spirituality, travel, and more, as well as demonstrating the benefits of connecting with nature. Hart also spends his time empowering music lovers globally, as musician Ryderman. You can find his music on Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify has streamed his song “Stay” more than 1 million times.
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