Mia Gardner | 06 Feb 2020
The announcement came from SiGMA Group, the organisers of the event. Previously SiGMA Group declared that they were committed to protecting the environment, and the decision to serve vegetarian meals at the Malta Gaming Awards in November appears to be their way of demonstrating that commitment.
A SiGMA Group representative elaborated on the decision, explaining that cutting back on dairy and meat consumption was the right thing to do for the planet. It was added that the climate was undergoing drastic changes, with extreme weather conditions being felt around the world. This stood as indication that human impact on the environment was clearly being felt, the representative declared, and that the rise in global temperature was likely only going to increase.
The representative admitted that creating a globally sustainable planet was indeed a complicated undertaking, but that it was possible, with the right awareness, and the right attitude. So, the presentative concluded, vegetarian dishes, served to casino industry representatives, was a step in right direction. Even if only a small step.
SiGMA Group COO Jonathan Shaw added his own thoughts. He expressed that, more than ever before, people were aware of the many benefits of cutting back on meat consumption. Though, Shaw made it clear he understood that veganism and vegetarianism was more than just an idea; it was a lifestyle.
Hence, Shaw confirmed that the decision to go green at the Malta Gaming Awards was a celebration of that lifestyle, and an attempt to further raise awareness of the climate challenges being faced. However, meat dishes will be served at the Malta Gaming Awards, but only by guest request. Guests are required to indicate their eating intentions beforehand, so that preparations may be made.
But it seems that the casino industry is not the only with award ceremonies adopting green standards. The trend is catching on in other areas, and has already extended to the entertainment world.
The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics Choice will likewise be serving vegetarian lunches to guests. Though, there was no word on the dinner options, and if meat will be served by request.