Yes, people in the main polluter countries do live in cultures of helplessness but that can change quickly -- helplessness is learned behaviour and has a negative, depressing effect and so can be "shrugged off" relatively easily. When people see effective ways to change their lives and those of their families, friends, and communities and push back against the messages of indifference and helplessness that they're constantly exposed to through the mainstream media, change becomes inevitable. It only takes around 1% of a population to mobilise in non-violent protest to force change on governments. In fact, we're not asking for much; greater energy efficiency saves everyone money and creates more jobs (e.g. retrofitting infrastructure and buildings, designing and developing new technologies) and expanding already existing renewable energy projects and starting new ones creates international economic advantages, e.g. less energy dependence on areas of conflict in the world, which is incredibly expensive and destructive, reduce the negative health effects of fossil fuel extraction (fracking poisons large areas of land, oil wells and pipelines regularly leak massive amounts of oil and other toxins into the environment) and processing (oil refineries poison air, water, land, and everything for hundreds of kilometres around them, coal mines dump massive amounts of toxic waste into rivers and waterways), and the oppressive conditions under which those workers and their families live. Just imagine what we'd save on healthcare costs alone!