The Gordian Knot is a legendary knot from Greek mythology, and is where our company name takes its inspiration.
According to the myth, the knot was located in the city of Gordium, in modern-day Turkey. It was said to be extremely intricate and complex – impossible to untie. The prophecy surrounding the Gordian Knot stated that whoever could untie it would become the ruler of all Asia. Many attempted to solve the puzzle of the knot, but all failed…until Alexander the Great arrived in the city in 333 BCE. Unable to find an end to the knot he became frustrated, so he drew his sword and sliced through the knot, unraveling it in a single stroke.
By cutting the knot, Alexander bypassed the challenge of untying it and fulfilled the prophecy in his own unique way. This event has come to be known as “cutting the Gordian Knot.” The phrase has become a metaphor for solving a complex problem or overcoming a difficult situation through bold or unconventional means.
Today, the climate and environmental crisis is humanity’s biggest Gordian Knot. No matter where in the world you are reading this, you are already experiencing some impact of the changes brought on by our warming planet. Our team at Gordian Knot Strategies is utilizing innovative climate finance as a bold means to help cut through this existential problem.
And with that said, we welcome you to Sliced!
Sliced is a weekly email blast that will unravel the knot of climate finance through original thought pieces delving into various aspects of climate finance. Articles from our team will offer fresh perspectives, analysis, and thought-provoking content about the unique ways we can attack the climate crisis.
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VCM, HFLD, NBS, yada, yada — the world of climate finance is rife with acronyms which are oftentimes confusing. We want to help navigate through the muddle. Each week we will present one common acronym and break it down into simple terms. We’re calling it the “ABCs of the Climate Finance Landscape.”
REDD+ stands for “Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation” and quite literally refers to activities that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation. The “+” signifies the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
REDD+ projects are one of the most common types of carbon projects in the voluntary carbon markets.