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This 94-year-old naturalist just set a record for the fastest time to gain 1 million Instagram followers

Sir David Attenborough gained one million Instagram followers in four hours after joining the platform on Thursday. In a video message, he said he joined Instagram because “the world is in trouble.”

Wildlife presenter David Attenborough visits to open Turner and The Thames exhibition, at the recently restored home of the British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner, in Twickenham, London, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. This is the first time Turner’s original artwork has returned to the house he designed for himself in Twickenham. The exhibition, featuring rarely seen oil studies of the river Thames, will be open to the public from Jan.11 to March 29.
Wildlife presenter David Attenborough visits to open the Turner and The Thames exhibition, at the recently restored home of the British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner, in Twickenham, London, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press

Sir David Attenborough is known for lending his voice to nature documentaries like “Planet Earth” and warning about climate change. Now he has a different sort of achievement — a Guinness World Record for the fastest time to reach one million followers on Instagram.

The 94-year-old naturalist reached one million followers just four hours after creating his account on Thursday, according to CNN.

The previous record had been held by “Friends” actress Jennifer Aniston, who garnered one million followers in 5 hours and 16 minutes in 2019, CNN reported.

In the first video shared to his Instagram account, which has been viewed over 12 million times as of Friday morning, Attenborough said that he decided to join the platform “because, as we all know, the world is in trouble,” according to BBC News.

“Continents are on fire,” Attenborough said in the video, according to The Hill. “Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying. Fish are disappearing from our oceans. The list goes on and on.”

Attenborough will talk more about the environment in a new documentary, “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet,” which comes to Netflix on Oct. 4, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“The living world is a unique and spectacular marvel,” Attenborough says in a trailer for the documentary, according to EW. “Yet the way we humans live on earth is sending it into a decline. Human beings have overrun the world. We’re replacing the wild with the tame. This film is my witness statement and my vision for the future. The story of how we came to make this our greatest mistake and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right.”

Attenborough’s Instagram record is not his only Guinness World Record. He also holds records for “longest career as a TV presenter” and “longest career as a television naturalist,” according to the Guinness World Records website.