Throughout India water pollution and lack of open recreational space are causing long term negative health effects. While efforts have been made to clean water resources along major rivers and to create recreational space on expired landfills, they have not been entirely successful due to cultural frameworks that prevent or underestimate the level of infrastructure needed to meet sanitary conditions. Overlapping the idea of ethnobotanically significant plants with the use of phytoremediation detoxifying sciences in an educational landscape bridges the cultural and scientific understandings of remediation resulting in healthier communities. Although this thesis is based in India, because of the extreme pollution levels, living densities, and number of sacred plants, the core concept of cultural integration with phytoremediation could work anywhere in the world.
|School||UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT DENVER|
|Subjects||Botany; Cultural anthropology; Landscape architecture; Recreation|
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