Sir David Attenborough hits 1million Instagram followers hours after debut

Sir David Attenborough has hit the one million follower mark on Instagram, just four hours after sharing his first post.

Not too shabby, David.

The 94-year-old presenter dusted off his social media page today for the first time, to raise awareness of climate change.

Fans were clearly impressed with his message, clamouring to hit that follow button.

More than one million people are wanting to keep up with Sir David’s updates – which could be an Instagram record.

In his first ever post, the historian told followers: ‘I’ve been appearing on radio and television for the past sixty years, but this is my first time on Instagram.

‘I’m making this move and exploring this new way of communicating to me because, as we all know, the world is in trouble.

‘Continents are on fire, gases are melting. Coral reefs are dying, fish are disappearing from our oceans – the list goes on and on.

‘But we know what to do about it and 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 radio, stay tuned.’

Sir David won’t be running the Instagram account himself, with Jonnie Hughes and Colin Butfield who worked with him on A Life On Our Planet – taking charge of posting his important messages.

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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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But he has already racked up an impressive famous following, with Andy Murray, Joe Wicks, Nico Rosberg and David Beckham among those welcoming him to the platform.

Sliding into the comments below, F1 favourite Nico penned: ‘Genuinely an inspiring enrichment for the Instagram Community. Welcome, Sir David!’

As Andy agreed: ‘Welcome to Instagram Sir David!’

While David Beckham shared a snap of himself and the icon on his story, alongside son Brooklyn, branding the star: ‘One of the most inspiring people I have ever met.’

And his team are stunned by the reaction from fans.

Colin Butfield, Executive Producer for the film and collaborator on David’s Instagram page told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘There’s never been a more important time for the world to hear from David about protecting life on our planet.

‘As one of the most celebrated naturalists of our time, we hoped David’s opening message would receive a warm welcome, but it is truly incredible to see the shared excitement from people all over the world.

‘In the words of David, stay tuned!’

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