Nikolaj Coster-WaldauLarry Busacca/Getty Pictures for Turner | Getty Pictures Leisure | Getty ImagesGame of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has advised CNBC that he hopes the errors made following the 2008 monetary disaster, which noticed local weather motion and the atmosphere fall from the highest of the worldwide agenda, will not be repeated because the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.Talking as a part of Lions Stay, Cannes Lions’ digital Worldwide Competition of Creativity 2020, the Danish actor, who performed “Kingslayer” Jaime Lannister within the international hit TV collection, mentioned now was a second in historical past.”I keep in mind in … the mid 2000s how all people was speaking about local weather change,” he mentioned. “Then the monetary disaster hit, and inside a 12 months, it was not even on the agenda anymore … I simply pray that we do not make the identical mistake. I imply, that is the chance. That is type of it.”Coster-Waldau, who can be a United Nations Improvement Programme Goodwill Ambassador, careworn the significance of transitioning to a “greener world” and renewable vitality sources.”We actually want our leaders to say we will make investments all this cash … We are also going to make this swap as a result of, that is it, we’ve to take motion to avoid wasting the way forward for our planet,” he mentioned.The actor and activist added that he hopes, in time, the coronavirus disaster might be seen as a turning level.”We’re at a crossroads in so some ways, however I believe this pandemic hopefully we are going to look again and say, OK that was a horrific tragedy, however within the wake of that, nice change was made,” he mentioned, including: “That is the chance to reset every part.”Inequality exposedEmmy-award nominated actor Coster-Waldau mentioned the coronavirus pandemic had uncovered elementary inequality world wide.In reference to the worldwide anti-racism protests sparked by the demise of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, within the custody of the Minneapolis police, Coster-Waldau, who lives in Denmark and Los Angeles, mentioned all of us have a duty to help primary human equality.”The motion that folks have taken in response to the horrible issues which have occurred may be very, very clear and really, very highly effective. I believe it’ll be unimaginable for the leaders within the U.S. to not take motion, and I believe in the event that they select to not, I might think about that will be mirrored within the subsequent election,” he mentioned.As a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Coster-Waldau’s work is concentrated on local weather motion and gender equality and in 2018, he helped launch The Lion’s Share. The initiative, created by the UNDP and companions Mars, Nielsen, BBDO and Finch, goals to assist deal with crises in nature, biodiversity and local weather change, by encouraging manufacturers to contribute 0.5% of their media spend for campaigns which characteristic animals.Coster-Waldau advised CNBC that the latest lack of world journey as a result of lockdown response to Covid-19 had impacted wildlife tourism and the roles it helps — over 20 million roles, in accordance with figures from the World Journey and Tourism Council in 2018. He mentioned The Lion’s Share fund had been serving to the place it may all through the pandemic to supply small grants to these working instantly with wildlife, in an effort to supply financial empowerment and incentivize biodiversity safety.Coster-Waldau mentioned his work on gender equality as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador was additionally influenced by his two teenage daughters.”I would like them to have the ability to journey wherever they need on the earth and never really feel that they must act differently as a result of they’re ladies,” he mentioned. “There are such a lot of nations, they do not have the identical rights as males. That doesn’t make sense, it is insane, let’s simply get that finished.”Subsequent stepsThe actor advised CNBC that he’ll be returning to work in a month’s time and that the movie and TV trade “will discover methods” to restart after the Covid-19 pandemic.”It is a kind of issues the place you go, how are we ever going to try this? Then as soon as you place it into impact, you simply discover your method and also you get used to it,” he mentioned.For the reason that eighth and closing season of the vastly profitable HBO collection aired in 2019, he has created his personal manufacturing firm and acquired a second house in Los Angeles. Coster-Waldau advised CNBC the collection, “modified my skilled life for positive” and had given him some superb alternatives, however he would not miss it.”I miss the gang, my colleagues and the crew, you’ve got spent 10 years on and off collectively. That was fairly particular. However we advised the story and the story was over, so there’s nothing to come back again to,” he mentioned.