11/18/2013 10:43 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Vancouver's Chinese restaurants urged to buy local food

Vancouver activists are calling for more local, sustainable food to be served in the city's Chinese restaurants, in a bid to engage the Asian community in environmental issues.

The Hua Foundation — an organization led by young Asian-Canadians — grew out of Shark Truth, a group that spearheaded efforts to get shark fin soup off restaurant menus.

Now the foundation is dedicated to adapting cultural norms to fit environmental concerns, and it hopes to encourage the city's Chinese community to take action on green issues.