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Mariana Cook's Stone Walls, Eco-Fashion, and Green Dubai

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World Footprints

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Today  World Footprints contemplates the personal boundaries of Stone Walls with Ansel Adams protégé, photographer Mariana Cook.  We’ll also look at the fusion between eco-friendly couture and glamour.  We’ll talk to one traveler about her initiatives to fight human trafficking and we’ll learn about Dubai’s progressive sustainable initiatives.

Mariana Cook is an extraordinary photographer whose work can be seen in major museums throughout the world including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and the National Gallery in London, England.  She joins us today to discuss her newest photographic book, Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries.

Designer Elizabeth St. John is known for her  elegant couture that is a masterful fusion of Eco-Friendly and Glamour.  Outside of her Silver Spring, MD studio, Elizabeth is also known for her humanitarian work.  She donates a percentage of profits from her Couture collections to charities that do hands on work throughout the world.

Also, the fight against human trafficking is one of World Footprints major causes.   In 2002 while on a trip in Europe, Deborah Sigmund first heard the phrase, human trafficking.   Deborah took her knowledge and turned it into action and in 2006, she founded Innocents At Risk, a non-profit organization that was formed to help fight human trafficking. 

With all of the development that Dubai is experiencing the country is embracing sustainable developmet during its growth.  We spoke to Saud H. Al Nowais from the UAE Trade & Commercial Office in the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC about how Dubai is setting the bar for sustainable development throughout the Middle East.