Sir David Attenborough has joined Instagram to warn "the world is in trouble"

Sir David Attenborough has joined Instagram as a way to access the generations that spend a huge amount of time scrolling through social media.

The account, which has amassed over 2.9 million followers since its creation, has been made in a bid to warn people "the world is in trouble".

In a video posted, Attenborough said; "I am making this move, because, as we all know, the world is in trouble.

"Continents are on fire. Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying. The list goes on and on."

Filmmakers Jonnie Hughes and Colin Butfield will help manage the account, and just yesterday posted saying; "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.

"Hes also witnessed the damage caused.

"Saving our planet is now a communications challenge. We know what to do, we just need the will.

"Thats why we want to share this message on Instagram.

"Because there is hope and together, we can inspire change.

"Social media isnt Davids usual habitat so while hes recorded messages solely for Instagram, like the one in this post, we're helping to run this account.

"In case youre wondering, 'we' are Jonnie and Colin and we worked with David on A Life On Our Planet.

"So, as well as sharing the messages hes recorded especially for this account well also post some exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes content.

"Stay tuned."

'A Life on Our Planet' is due to be released on Netflix on Sunday, October 4.