There’s an old African proverb that says that it only takes a small amount of salt to make a big difference. What a message!
It’s so true that the smallest input can have a massive impact on the output and I remembered this earlier this week when the Welsh Assembly Government announced a commitment for 3 years to help the Mbale Region of Uganda.
My first reaction was: what on earth are we playing at? What’s the point, Copenhagen is supposed to be fixing all that, and what on earth has it got to do with Wales?
Well the truth is the talking in Copenhagen is getting nowhere, and there is not likely to be any valuable resolution before the end of the conference. Instead the only way that we can see some real progress is for some of us to do something.
WAG’s commitment may be small beer in the grand scheme of things, but I feel proud that we are at least doing something and not just talking about doing something.
And you know what: it’s not just about money: the commitment was for money to plant and grow trees to provide shade to allow coffee to grow: that’s a well thought out contribution that should not be the subject of any corruption.
We should feel proud and willing to do more. How much salt will we need?