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Sir David Attenborough becomes fastest person to reach one million followers on Instagram

SIR David Attenborough has revealed his dislike of social media - despite becoming the fastest person to reach one million followers on Instagram.

The esteemed naturalist, 94, beat a record set by Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston after reaching the milestone within four hours and 44 minutes of joining the photo sharing app on Thursday.

But Sir David, a climate change activist, told BBC Breakfast: “I’m so old. It’s difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.

"I’m not a great user of social media and I haven’t used social media before. But the message I’m so concerned about is so important I’ll use any medium to get it across.”

Sir David said he gave in and signed up in a bid to reach young people and inspire them to take action to save the planet.

He said: “That is the most important hope and most important place where there should be hope. It’s their world and it’s their tomorrow. I won’t be there, they will be. It’s theirs and if they’re not persuaded it’s important, we’re wasting our time.

“It’s extraordinarily touching and I feel privileged they should listen to what an old bloke like me is talking about.”

Sir David also hit out at the methods used by environmental extremists Extinction Rebellion, whose blockade of printing presses stopped his interview with The Sun about the climate emergency from reaching newsagents earlier this month.

He said: “You have to be careful you don’t break the law. I also think we have to treat the people we share our community with with respect.

“Disturbing their lives to such an extent that innocent people can’t get about their own business is a serious thing to do and could disenchant an awful lot of people.

“Of course I agree with their message, it’s simply a question of what is politic and sensible in getting other people to join you.”

David Attenborough's Netflix documentary Life On Our Planet warning of mass extinctions

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