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Wow went to opening of the Siemen’s Crystal building, London’s newest landmark building and the world’s first center dedicated to improving our knowledge of urban sustainability.
Urban sustainability is among the most critically important global issues of the 21st century. Over half the world’s population live in urban areas - from small cities like York, to megacities like New York - and by 2050 that proportion will rise to 70% of all humanity.
The big challenge is that cities now consume about 75% of all the world’s energy and emit around 80% of all greenhouse gases. The fight against climate change will therefore be won or lost in cities, so it’s crucial we make our urban habitats more efficient, cleaner and better to live in - not only for ourselves, but for future generations and the earth’s diverse ecosystems.
Introduce Amina and Chrystal to the kids from North Woolwich and Silvertown, bring in a donated piano and the extraordinary skills of self-taught classical pianist Hilton and this, my friends, is what you get: Newham State of Mind! Please spread this video far and wide - it’s Olympic-sized inspiration!
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Local Legacy ‘Games’ begin in Olympic Borough of Newham
A community centre in Newham’s deprived Royal Docks was completely transformed this weekend as part of a community development initiative launched by The Momentum Project  leading to an impromptu block party for local people.
The Asta Community Hub in Silvertown became the surprise launch pad for the ‘Oasis Game’ an innovative community development project developed in the favelas of Sao Paolo, Brazil 
The hub received a dynamic face-lift over two days when the group and residents came together to play the Oasis Game.
The Oasis Game invites local residents to realise their dreams for their community. Through play, it pulls many different groups into joint action - from residents to community groups to business – and it encourages everyone to bring their most unique and valuable talents to a project over a two-day period.  Tate & Lyle and B & Q made contributions and the game was also supported by Global cosmetics company, Lush.
Tracy, community links manager for Silvertown said, “It’s said there’s no community cohesion round here. But when this began, word got around. People who never even knew the community centre was here, brought along their friends. We had people arriving from outside the area. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces made me so proud. I’ve been going round thanking everyone.”
Saci Lloyd, co-founder of the Momentum Project, said, “I’m not surprised by what happened this weekend. Newham is a very exciting place to be right now: the Olympics, the new green enterprise zone, it’s the youngest, most vibrant and fastest-growing borough in London. But I’ve never felt such a buzz. This weekend it felt like it’s finally waking up. It’s the real Olympic legacy.”
Mick, local resident, 91, said, “It reminded me of when the docks was a real community. I’m speechless.”
The Momentum Project plans to roll out the ‘Game’ across Royal Docks and Newham.
Saci Lloyd 07903 890701
Tracy Asta Hub Manager 07584 212393
Photos courtesy of Alessandro Stellari and can be freely used. Further photos available at email@example.com
 Momentum Project Websites http://www.momentumproject.org.uk/
 The Asta Hub http://www.community-links.org/local-services/asta/
 Brazil Oasis Game http://institutoelos.org/en/teste/
Multitalented @Sacilloyd painting outlines for the kids to colour in.