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There are many ideas to explore that might make up a sustainable society. There would be greater re-use of items, lots of recycling, much less packaging, water conservation technologies and practices. Sustainability is about social well-being, peace and justice as well as the environment. So you can also explore alternative ways of managing conflict. Imagine an international army of social scientists, experts in non-hostile communication strategies, being sent into long-standing war zones to counsel warring parties as an alternative to troops for example!
Focus: You could make this new society the focus, for example the ‘fish out of water’ plot is a common way to showcase absurdities in our present society. Maybe it could be time-travelling drama and your hero could be transported from 1930s Britain where it was normal to live frugally and not waste anything to modern day UK. Even better your heroine could go to the future and comment on how great everything in in this new futuristic society, then perhaps return with new expectations – it could be a comedy e.g. she could want to take back a phone because it only lasted 10 years for example etc.
Background: You could simply take any story you like, possibly one you have already been working on and simply shift it into the near future or parallel world and adapt the peripheral descriptions to showcase more sustainable solutions.