Monday, June 1, 2009

Carbon Footprint Calculator

I read in the newspaper that you can calculate your own carbon footprint at this site:

Out of curiousity, I gave it a try. Here are my opinions.

1. They should as an English language teacher to check the grammer. Mistakes such as "does you & your family..." are aplenty in the questions.

2. Carbon footprint, to me, is something intangible, and all those calculations, at best, are guesstimates. The calculator asks you lots of questions to give you an estimate. For your reference only, don't get too upset about it.

3. What I don't like the most is at the end of the questionaire. They ask you for your NRIC number, email, name, etc, before they will proceed to give you the guesstimate of your carbon footprint. Hello, what are you trying to do? Why do you need to collect my personal information? If you want to compile an emailing list, fine, give visitors an option to opt in or opt out or to subscribe. (If you don't want to give out your personal details, just fill in some rubbish there)

The intention of the website may be good, but then please put in a bit more effort to make the site at least look more professional. Good intentions need good results to back them up. You can talk the talk, you have to be able to walk the walk, too.

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