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Sir David Attenborough joins Instagram at age 94

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Sir David Attenborough joins Instagram at age 94

Legendary natural historian Sir David Attenborough has joined Instagram at the ripe old age of 94.

Sir David Attenborough joins Instagram at age 94

The broadcaster has created a profile in order to communicate about the dangers of climate change.

His Instagram account will also be used to share stories from Attenborough and the team behind his documentary, A Life On Our Planet.

To mark his arrival on the platform, Attenborough posted a video of himself explaining why he is “exploring this new way of communicating”.

“As we all know, the world is in trouble. Continents are on fire, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying, fish are disappearing from our oceans, the list goes on and on,” he says.

“But we know what to do about it. That’s why I’m tackling this new way, for me, of communication.

“Over the next few weeks I’ll be recording messages to explain what the problems are and how we can deal with them.

“Join me or, as we used to say in those early days of radio, stay tuned.”

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David Attenborough has spent a lifetime travelling, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. He’s also witnessed the damaged caused. Saving our planet is now a communications challenge. We know what to do, we just need the will. That’s why we want to share this message on Instagram. Because there is hope and together, we can inspire change. Social media isn’t David’s usual habitat so while he’s recorded messages solely for Instagram, like the one in this post, we're helping to run this account. In case you’re wondering, ‘we’ are Jonnie and Colin and we worked with David on A Life On Our Planet. So, as well as sharing the messages he’s recorded especially for this account we’ll also post some exclusive clips and behind the scenes content. Stay tuned.

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Thankfully for Attenborough, he won’t suddenly need to learn how to be social media savvy in his 90s – the account is managed by the filmmakers behind A Life On Our Planet.

But with 2 million followers and counting already, it looks like Attenborough is well on the way to being one of the platform’s most successful influencers!

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