When you see a person experiencing homelessness, standing by the side of the road, you may never think that he or she is a victim of global warming. When you witness people seeking shelter after their homes have been damaged or destroyed by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes or when you see people risking their lives to flee severe drought — you may not make the connection to climate change. When you hear that some people already struggle to pay their soaring utility bills, you may not realize that climate change is the hidden culprit.
The Abandoned Mattress Project (AMP) demands you pay attention to what is often overlooked: the used, discarded mattress and the people most vulnerable to the devastating, life-threatening impact of climate change. In this project, mattress becomes metaphor, both for the hidden beauty of an object commonly considered trash, and the inherent value of all people to live their lives, safe and secure, the mattress as the canvas for their life story. The project also invites you to ask — is there a better way — is there a way to repurpose discarded materials? Is there a way to better serve the people who are the most vulnerable?
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