It thus surpassed the previous record, held by the actress Jennifer Aniston, who crossed the same threshold in 5 hours and 16 minutes.
“I’m making this move because, as we all know, the world is confused,” he said in a first post on his account, a video message. “Continents are burning, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying … the list goes on and on.”
Within an hour of the first published message, the account of the veteran television producer gathered over 200,000 followers. Among those following his account are tennis player Andy Murray and fitness coach Joe Wicks, who sent him welcome messages.
Attenborough said he would use the platform to share videos explaining “existing issues and how we can manage them”. He is supported in the management of the account by Jonnie Hughes and Colin Butfield, his regular collaborators.
The debut of the Instagram account precedes the launch of a book “A Life On Our Planet” and the documentary of the same name, which will be available on Netflix. In just 25 hours, Sir David’s account reached 2.5 million followers, and in two days he had 3.8 million. However, he is far from the absolute record holder, Cristiano Ronaldo, with 238 million followers.