The American Museum of Natural History in New York will not be hosting a scheduled gala dinner honouring the President of Brazil.
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s planned to honour Jair Bolsonaro, who has suggested he would pull Brazil out of the Paris Accord on climate change and wants to develop the Amazon rainforest, at a museum dedicated to science and nature was met with outrage last week.
The planned event angered some museum staff members and others who said an institution dedicated to preserving nature should not host such a politician. Bolsonaro has been criticised for favouring mining in the Amazon, as well as logging and fossil fuel exploration.
On Monday, the two organisations released a statement saying they had “jointly agreed that the museum is not the optimal location” for the gala. It said the event would be held at another location on the original date and time.
Bolsonaro, who styled his campaign for office last year after that of US President Donald Trump, drew further criticism from environmentalists last week by creating a body that could pardon environmental fines.