Episode 5 | Consume As A Little As Possible

Episode 5 | Consume As A Little As Possible

Jasmine: Gary Golding is a pretty unique guy. He’s a character. He calls himself the “Tarzan of Los Angeles”
and has appeared on 12 episodes of Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid XL and 3 episodes
of Naked and Afraid in 2018 and 2019 where he’s seen eating the craziest things and
being larger than life. However, at his core, he loves nature and
wants others to love and protect nature as he does through his educational programs and
guided nature tours around LA. The problem, is that in a world with so many
different people and backgrounds a message that is delivered in a way that seems forceful
or condescending will not work on everyone. We had a prior conversation where it led in
that direction, but I still liked the idea of the message that he had tattooed on his
back for all the world to see on a major broadcast television show, “Consume As Little As Possible.” So, I had another conversation with him about
some of the projects that he does to help promote it. Gary: Uh, I was always like this little barefooted
jungle boy who had a fantasy, you know, in the city. Right? And fast forward, uh, this girl I hang out
with, you know, in my life, I started walking her through the streets of like Hermosa beach
and showing her all the edible plants and medicinal plants we’re surrounded by because
I was taking survival courses and feeding them to her and heating them like Rosehips,
Rose pedals, just everything. Yeah. The uh, the plants were surrounded by, right. And so she was just fascinated by this. And so then we don’t see each other for, uh,
and we used to party together and all this stuff. And so then 15 years passes, I don’t hear
from her. I’d befriend who are, I like Facebook and
I start saving bees. I started getting into saving bees and humanely
rescuing bees from people’s houses and giving them to other people or putting them on my
roof. Gary: Right. And then she became a teacher at that time. So she’s a teacher, right? So she actually says, Hey Gary, will you,
and now mind you, I was hyper-aggressive on Facebook in sort of the way that I was talking
on the last little try we did at this hyper-aggressive, very viciously aggressive, uh, very mean about
the environment to people that just shouldn’t know. Right? And so, and that factors into so cause so
she sees me saving bees and she says, well you come to the school, I teach at and tell
the children about bees and because bees are the big celebrity and the environmental world. And the same way celebrities matters in the
acting world, people will put quotes around your words, even if you’re in idiot. So, so bees are now the celebrity in the environmental
world. Everybody’s talking about the bees. Gary: And so she wants me to come to the school
and teach about the bees and I go, sure. And so I show up for free and I volunteer
and I just tell the kids all about bees and I bring live bees and honeycomb and they get
to taste honey right up to comb. And, and I was very charismatic. And then her bosses were there and the other
teachers were there. And this woman that is now instrumental in
getting me in these this school. And they’re like, wow, like I’m, then I’m
really good with kids. So they were super impressed and they were
like, man, you know, he’s good with kids, a super knowledgeable and, and a lot of my
knowledge, his philosophies that I developed on my own that nobody taught me where it’s
sort of like, wow, I never would’ve thought of that. It’s like, well, yeah, because no one taught
me that. Gary: I, I, that’s my personal development
philosophically through personal experience. Right. So, so what happens is they asked me, Hey,
come back again. And then one day I’ll never forget this were
blew me away. They had me come and teach the kid what kids
wild edibles on the school, on the elementary school campus, and walk them around and let
them eat weeds with me, which put in the wrong hands can be dangerous. Yeah. And I was just like, Whoa, look at this trust
I have. And so what happens is a teacher calls in
sick for this company. I work for, right? And they’re like, and they’re like, well what
are we going to do? And I had, they saw how good I was with kids. They saw me doing this bee presentation and
my knowledge, and I just happen to be right next to this girl going, well, Oh man, what
are we going to do about who’s going to replace her with? Gary: It’s like last minute. And I try and get up next to this girl said
I could teach those kids out there. And then she was like, she looks at me as,
can you wait? And I said, yeah. And so I said, okay. And then after that I just accidentally fell
into teaching. It was a pure fluke. Right? And so now here’s where it factors into me
grabbing bees off of bushes and getting stung. Let them loose in class. Well sometimes these bee presentations were
taken into the classroom and I’d get stoned by the bees and, and I would take the stinger
out in front of the kids. But that was a lesson in how to remove a bee
sting on your own without parents around. Right. So it had a practical moose. Then I would let the kids hold the bees because
they had no stinger and actually to hold a live bee. Gary: And then sometimes they would fly off
and fly around and the kids would be screaming. Now here I am, an adult kids of screaming
with bees flying on a classroom that I’ve got stunned with. Now you put that together. I’m literally getting and getting paid to
do exactly what I did for mischief as a nine year old. Look at this, the kids were screaming, there
was a little girl, Michael, these, now you’re gonna mind you. These classes are incredibly dramatic. There was a little girl crying in the corner,
terrified of bees. The other two little girls consoling her and
saying, she’s okay. It won’t do anything. Passing knowledge onto her, saying the Stinger’s
going and casting again and, and I’m going, wow. And the class is on fire. Did they’re never gonna forget this class. Right? And it clicked. And I was like, look at this. Gary: I’m literally getting paid to do what
I get for mischievous. Literally. Like you couldn’t be more literal and, but
only passing on knowledge on doing it. So it was so, so it was very organic. Right. And so what happened is I used to harvest
pine pollen off the trees and I would drink it because it’s a superfood and I would make
pancakes out of it. And I’d been in my own pancake recipe out
of the pine pollen because I knew the natives would make a cake with acorns and pollen. So I said, I’m just going to make pancakes. And then this lady had met her cooking show,
but then when I started doing is I started painting the kids’ faces. I bring the pine pollen to the class and I
would paint their faces with yellow stripes and make them warriors. I, I was first just showing them the pollen
one day and I just did it organically. Gary: I said, Hey, I said, look, because there
was a, there was, I have, I have a slideshow and there was a bee with pollen all over it. And I would throw the pollen all over my face
and I’d go, so like this! This, I’m like a big bee. And then I, it dawned to me, I said, I just
came up with, I said, I need you guys to be my little bee warriors. And, and, and then I said, who wants to be
a warrior? And these little kids spoke up and they came
up front and I painted their faces for the first time ever. And after that, I just started doing it all
the time. And I labeled it the warriors presentation
and I paint their faces with pine pollen and they dig it in there because they run around
the playground with their stripes on their face. And it was purely organic. And it developed into something off of me
just winging it, being creative in the moment. And then it developed completely naturally
through life. Just like that. Basically everything is sort of one big accident. Just a follows the heart. Jasmine: You know, and it’s funny because
it sounds like you’re truly living up to your nickname that you have in Los Angeles, the
Tarzan of Los Angeles. Gary: Well that, that really see what really
solidifies that is people will, they’ll try to talk, you know, uh, some people it corny
laugh at it, whatever, but uh, or I don’t look like Tarzan, well, I don’t, because this
is the Los Angeles version, you know what I mean? It’s like I try to say like, you know, there’s
barbers where I live, you know what I mean? I’m not like out in the jungle. And so, so like, so anyways, the Tarzan of
Los Angeles, if you really piece it together, where it comes into play is, uh, you know,
I’m, I’m, I got medals, I’m a decorated, hero for saving a human life in the ocean of California. So in nature, I saved a 19-year-old Muslim
kid, uh, in the ocean one day and brought him back to consciousness and saved his life. So now that’s in nature, right? Gary: Then here I am with children around
me teaching children, and I worked for a nonprofit that saves animals and I’m on top of the day. All of a sudden, my life takes this turn where
I get paid to go live off the land naked in Brazil. Africa, Belize, and all these foreign countries
and literally run from elephants and do all this stuff. And I actually kicked butt at it. Right? So it gets to the point there where it’s like,
and then if you see what I do on my time, on my free time with whales out there in nature,
and so it’s like, it’s kinda like it’s now it’s solidified. You can’t really argue. There is, you know, I’ve seen other guys call
themselves Tarzan, the real Tarzan and the and that do parkour and hang from street lights. And I’m like, no, Tarzan does more than like
parkour and hang and swing from stuff, you know, like, and I literally teach children,
save human life. Feed, the homeless from trash dumpsters. Um, uh, uh, live off the land naked around
the world. Like it’s so dynamic and so multifaceted that
anything encompasses what I imagined Tarzan to be. Jasmine: He went about everything in a different
way but, towards the end of the discussion we had he started to get me thinking about
what we consume and why we consume it. If something was so damaging to the environment
but only served a few passing moments of ease and happiness should we consume it? On one of my longer hikes I saw a silver metallic
object caught on to some branches deep into a state park that was miles away from any
other people outside of my group. It was a tangled-up balloon, but I also saw
a lot of other pieces of trash strewn about the trails. It looked disgusting and it ruined that portion
of the hike that I took to gather some of the trash. Had people just thought about what they were
doing and carried their trash out with them or took less or never sent off a balloon into
the middle of nowhere. All that wouldn’t have been there. Jasmine: You mentioned that you, you’re normally
on Naked you’re normally on the show Naked and Afraid and that you’re, your feature,
there is a wilderness survivalist by you say that you were on that show for another reason
or you saw that there was an opportunity by going on that show to sort of spread a certain
message and I kind of wanted to talk a little bit more about that. Gary: Yeah. Well the thing is, is I make very clear that
I’m only on the show for one reason and one reason only. All my interviews with them, everything to
the world. I mean, I’m only there for one reason and
I want to drive that home. I can’t emphasize that enough. One reason only, and it’s the most powerful
sentence known to all humanity, is to carry a message to the world. Because I’ve managed to infiltrate mainstream
media. It’s done messages, uh, consume as little
as possible, which is also to be warrior motto that I teach the children because if every
human being did that action, that’s not a belief. This is not an opinion. It’s not a belief, it’s an actual action. Then the world would be cleaner by tomorrow
if we all did that action today. Jasmine: And you’re saying that’s just anything
like anything to sort of bring down your consumption of the world to sort of reduce before you
reuse and recycle? Gary: Yes. Yes. Anything that you touch is sort of cuts out. Like anytime there’s a debate about the environment
and then you’ll have vegans and vegetarians, I think that they have some sort of a higher
grip than everybody else and they’re doing the actual best thing that you can do. And there’s a lot of debate about that. And so if there is any debate, I simply say,
Hey, it’s actually not meet my friend. It’s every single thing you touch. And so it’s this cannot, you need debate and
it’s attached this to everything and allow people their freedoms. So if you want to eat the meat, you know,
just do it as little as possible. If you, now, the one thing I do attack though
where I don’t allow leniency on is jewelry, balloons, and fireworks, specifically gold
and diamonds and like, uh, precious metals because the mining and the fact that it’s
just the fact that they’re shiny, that’s it. Gary: You simply stare at them. I call that the evil trinity of tradition
because they’re attached love and celebration of love for a person, a country, a mother,
balloons your child. And we’re considered there. They’re considered to be a part of success
and a beauty when actually they devour the planet. And simply for something to stare at and make
us smile for a moment and go, ah, so I kind of, when it comes to those three things, I
kind of don’t cut people flack because they don’t need a blend to communicate across the
country to their mom or give a phone call as a doctor to go save someone’s life like
they do with telephone or to go pick up the kids from school and drive them around and
live life. They don’t need, they don’t need a ring. Like they do a car and you know, to celebrate
the nation and your love for this nation, you could do it by just making a better place
and you don’t have to light off fireworks to show the love the nation and pollute the
crap out of it on a particular day. So these are just simply primitive things. The same reason a fishing lore is shiny because
it attracts fish the same way an apple becomes bright and shiny is the same concept. If you really break down what happens with
jewelry, balloons and fireworks is simply because it’s attractive to us mentally and
we stare at it and we go, awww, and it really has no nutritional or positive focusing on
earth at all. Jasmine: What are those baby steps that you
can do right now other than the ones that you mentioned just recently? What are, what are the other steps that they
can do today? Gary: Well you know that, that’s cool. I love that question. The steps that can be done tonight and now
are like say for example. You know it’s so funny cause it’s an interesting
question. Like people would think like I’d come off
to you like some aggressive salesmen, like I’m trying to sell you something but I’m actually
trying to make you not buy anything. I’ve literally tried to make you not spend
your money. And so this is why I keep, I let people know
I, this is why I go after the consumer. It’s so funny to watch the consumer. You have so many people blame, kept blaming
capitalism and the corporations who simply react to the large population of consumers. And it’s that whole concept of Hey, while
you’re pointing your finger, blame you, you the consumer are the corporation by the way,
you’re driving it. So basically if you don’t want a bottled water
company to drain Lake superior, don’t buy a bottle of water because they will respond
to you. Gary: Because the bottom line line of any
corporation and to their stockholders is only profit. That’s like what they can only care about
is profit. And so if you make it not profitable, meaning
you and me for to be, you don’t buy it anymore or they’re going to have to adapt and adjust
it. You actually steer the corporations. It’s kinda like the gut bacteria that pro
probiotics and the human body turns out they’re finding that those little bacterias are the
captain of the ship. Well, stop when your fingers at the corporations,
you become an activist in every tiny little way. And if you have billions of us on the planet
thinking exactly the same, the balloon companies will run a business, the bottled water companies
will and they’ll just be enough around just to sort of uh, sustain, you know, bottled
water on a level that may be, uh, is needed to where if you got to get it to poor people
in a certain location for disasters and that’s when the factors in gonna be like, okay, bottled
water is now functioning as a positive thing on earth and not just a convenience that you
walk into a store for anytime you feel like to water. Jasmine: I really want to thank you for, for
sharing that today on this podcast and yeah. Gary: Cool. Well then you have a good night. Jasmine: Thanks you too. Gary: And, keep kickin’ butt. Jasmine: [Laughs] Thanks, you too. Jasmine: Thanks for listening to the Jazzed
About Nature podcast, the show where I talk about all things related to nature and the
environment. Head to the show notes to discover more info
on the Tarzan of Los Angeles and what he’s up to. And remember that no matter what you do, you
should first think globally, act locally. Consider the health of the entire planet while
taking action in your own communities, whether it be dedicated to balloons, jewelry, and
fireworks, or consuming little to no meat.

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