We have successfully organised the sera Handball Day together with MT Melsungen three times to date, and created truly special moments for hundreds of children and young people. They were allowed to spend an afternoon training with their idols, the MT Melsungen professionals, and see them up close. Unfortunately, the sera Handball Day was not allowed to take place again this year after 2020. These special times emphasize more than ever that new creative, sustainable and modern ideas are needed. And so, we thought about it and developed a great alternative together with MT Melsungen: The sera Future Challenge

We found it exciting to interact with the kids with this slightly different format, and to try out this somewhat different kind of challenge. Based on our guiding principle of „We create added value for people and the environment“, we wanted to shed light on the topics of climate change, water scarcity and the mobility of tomorrow from the perspective of children and young people. This is because the future belongs to our children and we wanted to learn from them how we can make it a little more sustainable and better together.

Children aged eight to 15 were able to submit ideas as individuals or in teams in the form of presentations, videos, painted or shot pictures, savings plans and much more. We wrote directly to schools and clubs and sent them posters and brochures about the Challenge, we advertised the Challenge in the matchday magazine at MT Melsungen’s home games and, of course, promoted everything via our social media channels. A jury consisting of representatives from MT Melsungen and ourselves will evaluate the entries at the end of November (after this edition of seranews goes to press).

CHALLENGE 1 – Water as a resource

Water is an increasingly important commodity and we all notice that it is slowly becoming scarce. Germany, too, is now characterised by droughts, and forest dieback is largely due to excessively dry summers. So for all of us, water is a resource to
be used wisely. We should not waste it unnecessarily, and we should counteract the ever-increasing rate of consumption – on a small scale in the family, and on a large scale in industry and agriculture.
At sera, we ensure on a large scale that water is usable and drinkable worldwide. We have developed special plants for this purpose, which are used, for example, in water treatment or for the desalination of seawater.

CHALLENGE 2 – The mobility of tomorrow

What will the mobility of tomorrow look like? It is clear that not only industry but also internal combustion engines emit too many exhaust gases and thus contribute in no small part to our poor CO2 footprint. We at sera have recognised this and, as an environmental technology company, are focusing on the future market of hydrogen. We not only manufacture hydrogen filling stations, but also develop solutions to power
ships with hydrogen.
We also rely on e-mobility for our own vehicle fleet: We mainly use our e-bikes for internal transport and the company fleet can be „refuelled“ at sera’s own e-charging stations.

CHALLENGE 3 – Climate change

Climate change concerns us all. Extreme weather phenomena are becoming more frequent, biodiversity is declining significantly, temperature increases are causing the polar ice to melt – these are just a few examples of the effects that climate change has and will continue to have. We must all act now to protect our Earth and ensure that future generations can still live here. sera products ensure, for example, that waste is recycled sustainably in waste incineration plants. However, we
are also committed to environmental protection in our daily work: Whether it’s a paperless office, striving for CO2 neutrality throughout the company, switching giveaways and packaging to sustainable alternatives – this is why we have also received the certificate as an environmental technology company.

The placings at a glance

1st place individual ranking: Nia and Paul

What can we do in the short term to counteract nature pollution? Nia and Paul thought about this and, without further ado, rolled up their sleeves and, together with friends and relatives, collected rubbish at „rubbish hotspots“, which they had previously asked the city council about, and then disposed of it in the appropriate bins. They were able to dispose of six large rubbish bags and were appalled at how much rubbish is thrown into nature regardless.

2nd place individual ranking: Klimabrothers Jan and Finn

How can we make the worldwide Climate Day, which has existed since the 1970s, better known in Germany and make everything about this topic (events, lectures, ideas, etc.) transparent and bundle them in one place?  The brothers Finn and Jan thought about this and developed the idea for a climate app called klimapp. The two, who call themselves „Klimabrothers“, prepared this idea from exclusively recycled materials and sent it in.

3rd place individual ranking: Marco

Which trees best defy climate change and should be considered for reforestation? Marco dealt with this topic as part of the sera Future Challenge and met with a forester friend to discuss it and get background information. Together with the forester, he is also planning a small reforestation project. He has designed a very elaborate poster for it.

1st place Team Challenge: Haus Carl Sonnenschein

The children of the children’s and youth council of Haus Carl Sonnenschein rolled up their sleeves and went out to collect rubbish along the river Eder in order to implement tangible nature conservation. They were amazed at how quickly they filled six rubbish bags in such a small radius. The children had a lot of fun with this varied activity and, in addition to the topic of „Water as a Resource“, they created posters to show how and where to avoid rubbish and distributed them in the dormitory. In the future, they want to pay even more attention to saving plastic wherever possible and carry out further waste collection campaigns at regular intervals.

2nd place Team Challenge: Enseschule

The pupils of class 6b of the Enseschule in Bad Wildungen have dealt with all topics of the sera Future Challenge, climate change, mobility of the future and water as a resource They have designed very creative and elaborate posters and pictures on the topics and collected and presented background information on facts and figures. The jury was convinced by the diversity of the pictures and the many small details (future cars/airplanes, fold-out text areas, a memory, etc.).

3rd place Team Challenge: Lichtenberg School

Class 7c of the Lichtenberg School dealt with the extinction of species and the protection of bees and came up with a nice idea. The pupils wrote to their old primary schools and kindergartens and sent them flower seeds so that they could plant flower strips to provide food for bees. In a small project they „found out“ that without bees we would have to do without some food and the so important biodiversity would be endangered. We are already looking forward to the pictures of the flowering meadows that they will send us next year.