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.
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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.
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.