Sir David Attenborough vows to not return to Instagram after sharing vital message

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Sir David Attenborough has vowed to not return to Instagram after deactivating his account.

The beloved conservationist and wildlife documentary filmmaker, 94, joined Instagram in September and broke the then-record for being fastest account to gain a million followers.

Despite using the social media platform to declare that "the world is in trouble" as a result of the effects of climate change, Sir David subsequently deactivated his account in November.

Now the icon of British television has discussed the thinking behind this decision when speaking to Greg James on BBC Radio 1 Breakfast.

Sir David Attenborough has addressed his decision to leave Instagram
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Sir David told Greg: "I'm so old I can't get used to all these new media but I was persuaded to do so in order to do a message about conservation.

"So, for a limited period of time I contributed to Instagram but I'm off now.

"I'm not on it anymore and I don't intend to go back, I've got enough problems with post.

"I get 70 letters a day! I do my very best [to reply]. Sometimes people, mercifully, don't actually put their address on because people are so unaccustomed to sending letters."

Sir David Attenborough joined Instagram for two months in September 2020
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Following this discussion of post, a cheeky Greg joked that Sir David would now likely get more fan letters as a result of mentioning his reading of post.

A game Sir David responded: "If you wouldn't mind including a self-addressed stamped envelope I'd be delighted to reply!"

The discussion comes after Sir David took to BBC One to deliver a message about climate change to the nation.

Sir David Attenborough recently took to BBC One to deliver some stark messages about our 'perfect planet'
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"This could be a year for positive change, for ourselves, for our planet and for the wonderful creatures with which we share it," he said.

"A year the world could remember proudly and say, ‘we made a difference’.

"As we make our new year’s resolutions, let’s think about what each of us can do. What positive changes can we make in our own lives?

"Here’s to a brighter year ahead. Let’s make 2021 a happy new year for all the inhabitants of our perfect planet."

We could not agree more, Sir David!

BBC Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James continues on weekday mornings from 7am to 10.30am.

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