THE H2O PROBLEM by Vidyun Sabhaney
"She got up to read the plaque that was placed just in front of the window."
From 2200 to 2400, erstwhile governments and companies of Earth secretly ran mines on the moon to harness water from ice. The water was used to create energy for ships that were used in the Departure. This was done even as Earth was being torn apart by the Water Wars. After the Departure, these mines were discovered and what remained in them was tested. It was found to be potable, revealing that millions perished for nothing. This plaque marks that bitter chapter in human history.
- The Union of Earth"