Sustainable development was defined by the Bruntland Comission as a 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs' (WCED1 , 1987, p. 8). In the report 'Our Common Future' the Bruntland Commission proposed policies for a 'World Programme for Change' (WCED, 1987). At the UNCED2 , conference in Rio 1992, proposals were discussed and the action programme Agenda 21 was accepted by about 180 Heads of Governments from all over the world. In Sweden the local authorities have taken on the task to run the processes of Agenda 21 (UNGASS3 , 1997). The present research project is an interdisciplinary project starting with natural resources management in 1995 and extended with environmental psychology in 1996 (Lindström and Adolfsson Jörby, 2000). In this paper parts of the environmental psychology study are presented. The aim with this study was to analyse attitudes towards sustainable development issues among different groups in four municipalities in the south of Sweden. Sustainable development issues are global and can be apprehended as diffuse. For a better understanding of these issues in society it would be an advantage if people would prioritise the same issues. In the present investigation, we wanted to find out the opinions of different groups in four municipalities. Are the same issues important to politicians, officials, environmental representatives and to the public? Is an issue that is experienced as important to the individual also important to the municipality and to the world? We also wanted to know if the same issues were important in all four municipalities (Lindström, 2001).